There is a motorcycle-rally currently taking place near my house and I couldn’t help from trying to measure things up. Most Harley Riders don’t belong to motorcycle gangs. In fact, most enthusiasts claim that “ninety-nine percent are law abiding citizens” (I think that statement comes from the American Motorcycle Association). Nevertheless, some clubs have [...]
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 [...]
Second Life is a virtual community where participants interact with their environment and others through avatars. I developed an awareness of Second Life from an ethnographic article in the most recent addition of Symbolic Interaction. That article focused on sexual language and behavior in Second Life. Interestingly, you can meet somebody in Second Life and [...]
I’m getting ready to travel two hundred and fifty miles north for cold pike and trout waters. I am hoping to catch a big fish and I am going out of my way to put myself in front of choice species in their ideal environment, under ideal conditions. A good catch is always an exhilarating [...]
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.