'Mad Men': If Don Draper Lived In 2012 [Infographic]

Don Draper Mad Men modern dayThe glory days may not have been so glorious, but it's at least fun to watch them on television. Or that's the idea behind the AMC series "Mad Men," now well into its fifth season. The nostalgia for the advertising world of the 1960s has been so potent that an online game called "Mad Men Yourself" even went viral early in the series.

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But how do the two working worlds stack up? If Don Draper lived today, how differently would he be working? Well, back in the 1960s, some ad agencies partook in annual "sex contests," in which the staff voted on the colleague they'd most like to go to bed with. In 2012, that likely would prompt a visit from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

In fact, the working landscape has been utterly transformed, with many more women and people of color in positions of influence. In 1962, 37.7 percent of women were employed. Now the figure stands at 58.8 percent. And the famous office politics in the halls of the Sterling Cooper ad agency? With workshifting, even that takes on different cast today, given that many workers don't log their hours side-by-side anymore.

Here is an infographic comparing today's working world to the one from 1962 as shown on "Mad Men."





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Karl Anglin

For all his faults, Don Draper at least
looked and acted like a man than most
men in 2012.

May 23 2012 at 5:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hugo Copeland

funny http://www.newerade.com/kappe-ymcmb-c-57.html

May 08 2012 at 11:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Greetings,Master

Dumb "article" with a sloppy, uninformative infographic pasted in as a lame attempt at viral marketing. I'm less inclined to do business with anyone who shows this much disdain for their audience.

May 06 2012 at 12:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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very good thank you

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May 05 2012 at 11:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Uxxv Scotland

Agree. Its an ADVERT from Citrix about teleworking ... oh, with a popular TV show loosley tied in.

May 04 2012 at 11:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
squizzoc

This is one of the laziest, uninspired articles I've seen in recent history. Go back to 1962, put on your pretty little dress and get back in the kitchen because you would be better off cooking than writing.

May 01 2012 at 12:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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