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Jon Friedman

For roughly 14 years MarketWatch published Jon Friedman's Media Web column, a widely read destination for media industry professionals. A former reporter, columnist and editor for Bloomberg, USA Today, BusinessWeek, Investors Daily and other publications, he is also the author of "Forget About Today: Bob Dylan's Genius for (ReInvention, Shunning the Naysayers, and Creating a Personal Revolution" (2012, Penguin) and the co-author of "House of Cards: INside the Troubled Empire of American Express" (1992, Putnam).

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Mad Men's Diversity Rap

Mad Men gets a lot of well deserved praise for so accurately capturing 1960s America. Creator Matthew Weiner has an uncanny sense of the characters' sensibilities, clothes, haircuts and language. But many people believe that the highly praised show falls down in the one area that defined the 1960s: race relations. Even before anti-Vietnam War protests heated up, civil rights was at the forefront of social change.(Remember, when it came to social-protest anthems, Bob Dylan wrote Blowin in the Wind in 1962, Neil Young wrote Ohio in 1970).
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  • April 11, 2013 1:14 PM
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Alec Baldwin: Would Insomniacs and Earthworms Watch Him on TV at 1:35 a.m.?

How much does Alec Baldwin mean to you?
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  • April 10, 2013 12:16 PM
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Jay Leno Will Surely Exact Revenge on NBC

Ah, the mainstream media. You can always count on them to get to the point. When the hoopla started about how NBC intended to replace Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon, everyone focused on THE story: Why was NBC so eager to dump the late-night talk-show host with the best TV ratings, someone who defeated David Letterman so often that it was a genuine media event when CBS topped NBC?
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  • April 10, 2013 12:12 PM
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Larry David, Won't You Please Come Home?

For us diehard fans of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, the wait is excruciating by now. We want to see new episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm. And we want them now.
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  • April 9, 2013 3:40 PM
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Game of Thrones? Am I Too Dumb or Too Smart to Love This Show?

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  • April 9, 2013 2:39 PM
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Will Mad Men Still Be Fun to Watch?

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  • April 9, 2013 8:11 AM
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What Sally Field Owes to Annette Funicello

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  • April 8, 2013 7:40 PM
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Mad Men: Jon Hamm's Penis-Envy Problem

As "Mad Men," the wildly popular and critically acclaimed AMC drama debuted its new season on Sunday night, another, even, well, bigger story that has been dogging the show's star Hamm. It seems Don Draper has a larger problem than moodiness. (Read more about Hamm.)
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  • April 8, 2013 11:57 AM
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What if 'Mad Men' Jumps the Shark?

Yes, America is panting for Sunday's night's new season of AMC's runaway train "Mad Men." If you don't believe me, run to the nearest social-media "comments" section and you'll see otherwise intelligent men and women acting like wide-eyed kids and counting down the hours till the ball drops and their beloved show goes back on the air.
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  • April 5, 2013 1:58 PM
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Roger Ebert: R.I.P., a Critic and a Journalist

The great journalists tower over their professions by the virtue of their ability and their charisma. Roger Ebert, who died on Thursday at the age of 70, did that in film criticism.
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  • April 4, 2013 10:53 PM
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