Sunday, 21 August 2011

Post-materialistic, still focused on status

Is early 21st Century Western society materialistic? Do people still conspicuously consume to acquire status? I would suggest that status is less driven by assets than it used to be, and is more driven by achievements and anecdotes. Status is conferred on people who can say "I was there", "I've done that", "I've met X", etc.

1 comment:

adreama said...

It is so common for people to decry materialism. But where are denouncements of those who seek status and power? These motivations are equally as shallow.

What will society look like when all shallow motivators (possessions, status, power, etc) are frowned upon? How will we motivate anyone to do anything?