50% Of Americans Baffled By Mad Men

August 19, 2009 by  
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We’ve all done it.

Nodded along in a conversation about the newest series of The West Wing, extolling its fidelity to political science and all that to come off informed and academic when you really prefer to watch The Royal on a balmy Sunday evening.

It surfaces today, just as George Orwell’s 1984 topped the list of books people pretend to have read, that many Americans do not understand why TV drama Mad Men is considered so important, yet pretend that they do.

This conclusion was reached after a survey was conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Opinion Research Institute, which for the last two years has been studying the attitudes of Americans who actively pretend to like Mad Men.

The poll found that 50% of those surveyed “strongly agree? with the statement: “I have no idea what all of the excitement about Mad Men is all about, but I’m terrified that if I admit it I’ll look like an idiot, like I did with 30 Rock.?

While this story appears perfectly plausible, you may want to take it with a pinch of salt. Source: The Huffington Post.