Here you go
Running head: DISCUSSION
1. How impressed are you by status symbols? How much are other people impressed by
your status symbols? Which ones get you 'fired up' and which ones do you most detest?
Although my interpretation of status symbol has changed over time, I still get impressed
to a significant degree. I have always marveled at status symbols that depict intellectual
capacities such as such uniforms, regalia, medals, and titles conferred on people for their
intellectual and academic specialties, experience, or ranking. I am particularly impressed by a
title such as that of Timothy John Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web. It did not
make him the world richest but I consider it a prestigious status symbol.
What I used to consider status symbols have gradually become my most detested ones.
Things such as expensive cars, watches, expensive dinners, and big houses in expensive
neighborhoods. I consider them a product of a high-consumption lifestyle aimed to creating a
false sense of wealth. It is a bubble created by marketers to keep more people in the rat race.
Most of the people caught up in it know they are not as wealthy as they present themselve...