httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDJhwibFKcI&feature=related Last year I saw a video interview of a modern day hobo that left an impression on me. Unfortunately, I cannot locate the video. Anyhow, what made it interesting is that a well to do executive took a month off every year to be a hobo. A hobo is a vagrant worker who travels [...]
“Everybody lies,” is the repetitive assertion of the fictional Dr. House. The truth is that I am actually beginning to believe this fictional character’s maxim. The study of influence is in essence the study of bias and its relation between individual, individuals, groups, and culture. If we have an aesthetic preference, say kakis over baggies [...]
Bling bling is a style associated with hip-hop sub-culture. A grandiose display of jewelry, gold, and diamonds denotes its exuberance with no uncertainty. Wearing several large gold chains at once is common. Large gold dollar sign pendants are also a stereotype of the style. I believe the real hallmark of bling bling is that it [...]
I wanted to explore a comment on an earlier post, written by my friend Storme Jaynes. Storme posits that status is about money and the more you have the more status you have. First, I want to say that there appears to be a good deal of individual and cultural relativity in what constitutes status. [...]
With 20 posts, so far, only one post has been categorized as a formal status symbol. “Formal” seemed to be a natural classification but from an interpretive point of view it became apparent that most formal symbols are blatant and need no interpretation as status symbols. Nevertheless, there are many questions surrounding this classification and [...]
Aesthetics deserve greater considerations in examining status phenomena. Status objects are often pleasing to the eye, but other status behaviors (if not all) exhibit an ideal form—an ideal etiquette, an ideal ethic, an ideal crowd, ideal taste, etc… Even the non-conformist conceives an ideal society.
Two classifications for status symbols are those based on affiliation and those based on ability. Status derived from affiliation might also be considered a display of ability—the ability to gain exclusive entry or to associate with a particular crowd.