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Three quiet cheers.  Theory of the Leisure Class despite its stodgy prose style (which one can get used to after an initial culture shock), somewhat disorganised presentation, and what can charitably be called a naif model of history, ethnicity etc ("dolichocephalic blonds," indeed) remains one of my favourite texts.  Veblen's insight into caste, class, privilege and display behaviours (and their relation to waste and dysfunction) remains as cogent today as it was when written.  I only wish I could hear what the canny old fellow would have had to say about SUVs.  I'll try to track down a germane bit of text this weekend...

The difference between theory and practise in practise ...
by DeAnander (de_at_daclarke_dot_org) on Fri Feb 23rd, 2007 at 02:48:15 AM EST
Veblen would more examples today than when he was alive.  My explanation is that with advertising on television (and elsewhere) status emulation has become "industrialized."

I occasionally teach video creation.  I have sworn that with my next class, I intend to get a DVCAM into everyone's hands and assign everyone to go out a shoot at least 10 examples of conspicuous consumption which we could cut together into a montage.  A clever student could complete such an assignment in 30 minutes.

"Remember the I35W bridge--who needs terrorists when there are Republicans"

by techno (reply@elegant-technology.com) on Fri Feb 23rd, 2007 at 04:43:14 PM EST
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Did you mean 30 minutes or 30 seconds?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 23rd, 2007 at 04:48:00 PM EST
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LOL

It takes a few minutes to take a video camera out of its case, hook up the battery, get it on a tripod, etc.

But you point is VERY good!!

"Remember the I35W bridge--who needs terrorists when there are Republicans"

by techno (reply@elegant-technology.com) on Fri Feb 23rd, 2007 at 05:16:43 PM EST
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