- Aug 2023
And where the artists take part in a fantasy of overconsumptionThe place where artists play a distinctive role, exactly like high-level sports athletes, is in the propagation of a certain fantasy.
- for: W2W, carbon inequality, carbon footprint - 1%, carbon emissions - 1%, luxury advertising, luxury advertising contracts, carbon emissions - luxury goods
- key insight
- the elites are often the main popularizers, influencers and propagandists of the fantasy of overconsumption
- culture of overconsumption
- such elites have a close tie to the luxury industry via large advertising contracts
- Media posts critical of the carbon air travel emissions of famous DJ named DJ Snake offers a prime example of a common attitude of privilege and self-righteousness found amongst a number of elites
- cap elites
- carbon emissions - 1%
- carbon emissions - luxury goods
- culture of overconsumption
- luxury advertising
- luxury advertising contracts
- carbon footprint - 1%
- DJ Snake
- carbon inequality
- Mar 2023
// abstract - summary - Rationalist approaches to environmental problems such as climate change - apply an information deficit model, - assuming that if people understand what needs to be done they will act rationally. - However, applying a knowledge deficit hypothesis often fails to recognize unconscious motivations revealed by: - social psychology, - cognitive science, - behavioral economics.
- Applying ecosystems science, data collection, economic incentives, and public education are necessary for solving problems such as climate change, but they are not sufficient.
- Climate change discourse makes us aware of our mortality
- This prompts consumerism as a social psychological defensive strategy,
- which is counterproductive to pro-environmental behavior.
- Studies in terror management theory, applied to the study of ritual and ecological conscience formation,
- suggest that ritual expressions of giving thanks can have significant social psychological effects in relation to overconsumption driving climate change.
- Primary data gathering informing this work included participant observation and interviews with contemporary Heathens in Canada from 2018–2019.
- Sep 2021
there has been a spectacular rise in luxury consumption, with the consumption patterns of the global elite acting as a marker for those further down the income scale. Robert Frank (2000) describes the process as 'luxury fever', as consumption expectations are ratcheted up all the way down the income scale. The global elite are pushing up people's expectations and assumptions. In the US, for example, the average size of house has doubled, in square feet terms, in the past thirty years. In part it is a function of the positional nature of consumption. We consume in order to position ourselves relative to other people. Not only do the global elite raise the upper limit, everyone is thus forced to spend more just to keep up, but they also become the perceived benchmark, Juliet Schor's work, for example, shows that people are no longer keeping up with the people next door, but the people they see on television and magazines (Schor, 1998). In order to keep up with these raised consumption standards people are working harder and longer as well as taking out more debt. The increase in luxury consumption has raised consumption expectations further down the income scale, which in order to be funded has involved increased workloads and increased indebtedness. It is not so much keeping up with the Jones but 'keeping up with the Gates'.
The elites point the way for those in even the lowest income brackets to follow. This crosses cultures as well. Capitalism trumps colonialism as former colonized peoples reserve the right to taste the fruits of capitalism. Hence, hard work, ingenuity and leveraging opportunity to accumulate all the signs and symbols of wealth, joining the colonialist biased elites is seen as having arrived at success, even though it means contributing to the destruction of the planetary commons. The aspirations to wealth must be uniformly deprioritized in order to align our culture in the right direction that will rescue our species from the impact of following this misdirection for the past century.
- Apr 2021
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The majority of countries for which adequate data exist have seen rising inequality in income and wealth over the past several decades