Before tabloid reporting and social media, the access and dissection of wealthy circles was not known to most of us. Over the past 10 years, the explosion of heirs and heiress’ flaunting their pedigree and privilege is now internet fodder. Paris Hilton first became known when Page Six labeled her an “IT girl”, and since then every other rich kid has tried to and wants to emulate her fame.
Rich kids are using social media to broadcast their conspicuous consumption. “The Rich Kids of Instagram ” is a Tumblr blog that started last month and is devoted to pictures of supposed “silver spoon kids” indulging in excess. There are pictures of teens partying on yachts, Dom Perignon flowing freely, and even a dinner receipt at a St. Tropez restaurant totaling 100,000-euro.
These posts have taken boasting to another realm. Whether it’s rich kids flashing their wealth or average teens posting their photos of partying in nightclubs and pools, it’s an interesting look at how teens have changed their sense of validation and pushed it into the public realm. Rebecca Greenfield writes in The Atlantic that “Preteens posing with helicopters , they did nothing to earn and posting the pictures online for others to ogle provides an easy in for commentary on the state of the American dream. (Dead.)”
But, is it really a commentary of the American Dream or is it more on how social media has changed people’s goals and the way they experience things now? How many Facebook friends, Twitter followers, and Instagram users do you know document their “amazing and interesting lives” by frequently updating their various social media profiles? The desire to make people jealous and believe that their lives are more exciting and important by oversharing is a sad look at how people are so busy documenting their activities instead of actually experiencing it.
These frivolous poses and posts try to give us a glimpse into their real worlds, but those real lives are most likely not as interesting or attractive. Why do you think some people need to broadcast every aspect of their lives? Please leave a comment below.
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