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Or as Veblen put it, conspicuous waste is THE defining sign of social status.

"Remember the I35W bridge--who needs terrorists when there are Republicans"
by techno (reply@elegant-technology.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2008 at 05:21:38 PM EST
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Except when it isn't.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2008 at 05:25:46 PM EST
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I try to impress women with my lack of a car.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Thu Feb 28th, 2008 at 06:34:09 PM EST
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Does it work?

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2008 at 06:37:34 PM EST
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Within the right subculture, yes. Ultimately it's hard to say, though, because the conspicuous consumption angle is still in play due to my clothes and other items demonstrating my income level.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Thu Feb 28th, 2008 at 06:43:20 PM EST
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God love women--almost anything "works" if the setting is correct.  

My angle is that I have a car so old, the status has disappeared--showing that I am "above" such petty things as conspicuous consumption.  It also shows I am thrifty and can maintain things.  

This strategy helped attract a very sensible mate ;-)

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

by techno (reply@elegant-technology.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2008 at 07:34:29 PM EST
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That kind of thing works with me. But, then, I'm in the same social class to some degree: I'm okay with some forms of "consumption" but am impressed by someone who doesn't consume in other areas.
by R343L (reverse qw/ten.cinos@l343r/) on Thu Feb 28th, 2008 at 11:13:20 PM EST
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