If you have not yet seen Mad Men, and do not want to be spoiled, STOP reading this right now.
Last night’s episode dealt with a $4 million defense industry (North American Aviation) contract that Pete Campbell had worked for three years to win. I loved lots of things about this episode, including the fact that it’s taken him three years to get close to their business…
and that Don had to get a security clearance to work on it.
Filling out a form has never been so dramatic.
Needless to say, Don is NOT hauled away at the end of the episode in part because Weasel Pete does Don a good turn, and…well, all the data we have now doesn’t exist back then. (But stay tuned…)
So the question I have: could someone like Don Draper exist in our current data-intensive environment?