Jordan Buchbinder- Conspicuous Consumption

Posted: February 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

Definitely can see heading into the 5th week of the course that North American society and culture is defined via consumerism. Well it is consuming goods, like clothing, jewellery, food, houses, cars and vacation trips, our individuality stems from what we can do through our wealth. Looking back at Veblen’s period, there was a clear line of separation between having wealth and not in comparison to today, there are vast amounts of consumer goods circulating the market, that are expensive show the separation of classes, but the fact that there are lower ends and mass production of these goods it is some times hard to see the fine line. Back then people had their servants and maids dressed accordingly to show off someone’s wealth, today people have nannies or cleaning ladies.

In particular the example was that people with wealth waste their wealth on things they do not need just to show they have copious amounts of money it does not matter or effect them.

  1. I agree with Jordan and cannot ignore the fact that I have become much more critical of the consumption and greed of modern society. Social media outlets encourage this consumption and it is the new modern day means of flaunting ones possessions. After class I began reviewing many twitter and instagrams posts of the past week and could not count how many pictures and tweets were the subject of an inanimate object that was just purchased or consumed. Vacations, jewelry (valentines day made this even bigger), food and workout selfies flooded my feeds all with no real point or goal besides making me aware of their social status.

    After reading Jordan’s post I couldn’t have agreed more that the practice of conspicuous consumption seems to be in overdrive and the only thing that has really changed is the way in which we flaunt it.

    On another note I personally can’t stand songs with lyrics like this. I believe them to be compete garbage and a slap in the face of those less fortunate.

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