When reading Tyson’s writing about Marxist, something that really struck out to me was the explanations of the word commodity and the value placed on each of its counterparts.
Something that really caught my eye was the mention of “conspicuous consumption” which in simple terms is described as displaying material items in order to impress other members of society and or to brag about the wealth they must have in order to have such an item.
When thinking back I thought of The Great Gatsby immediately and well of course, Jay. Jay went out of his way to even do things as horrible as sell things illegal just to be able to impress Daisy. He wanted wealth in order to brag and try to one up her husband and after getting the wealth, showed it off in a effort to impress “his lady..”
Though I feel like today this is even present in society. We as people look at people who have big fancy cars and houses as trying to brag because maybe those said materialistic things are unachievable to us. I think this idea of conspicuous consumption is very prevalent in todays society.
Can anyone else think of any other examples? I found this topic very interesting and am wondering if anyone else did too?