The incursion of technology into our homes means less down time. Smart phones and Blackberries rip into relationships and thwart leisure pursuits. And work/life balance seems to be a thing of the past.
Internet predators, social media, and the availability 24/7 of on-line connections may all pose risks to sometimes naive and impulsive teens. But the greatest threat? The teens themselves. Many don't know where to draw the line with technology.
Spoilers! Don't read on unless you have watched this week’s Episode of Mad Men (512 “Commissions and Fees”), in which all eyes are on Lane Pryce. His desperate act—hanging himself in his office after Don Draper demands his immediate resignation following the discovery of a forged check—represents a dark turn for the show.
So, Matthew Weiner is asking all the big questions: are we nothing but a consumer society, morally bankrupt, spiritually empty, valuing money and acquisitions over relationship? Does groupthink always cause a mass of people to devolve until they are acting in the basest possible way?
Present day Mad Men viewers don’t need “Tea Leaves” (the title of Sunday night’s episode) to predict the rude incursion of race riots, political assassinations, and bra burnings that are on the horizon for Don and Megan Draper and Henry and Betty Frances. But the characters have no idea that such game-changers lie in wait.