Consumption and Mass Media Worksheet

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Consumption and Mass Media Worksheet Sarah Fryoux SOC/105 October 1, 2012 Narketta Sparkman Consumption and Mass Media Worksheet 1. Respond to all questions with academic paragraphs of at least 50 words. State your point of view and explain it thoroughly. • What is conspicuous consumption? How does conspicuous consumption influence purchasing decisions? Think about a high-priced item that you have bought or would like to buy. To what extent does conspicuous consumption affect your decision? Conspicuous consumption is lavish or wasteful spending thought to enhance social prestige. Conspicuous consumption is the act of acquiring lavish goods or services that a person does not have to obtain or desire, merely with the idea of displaying and boasting ones riches and keep us to the social status. American popular culture which is the modem way of living tempts us to be gluttonous and conspicuous consumption is everywhere affecting the style of buying sumptuous goods. The way we Americans aspire to be rich, and even though we are not rich we feel like boasting that we are existing such as a fib. A recent purchase a few months ago was a vehicle, my husband and I had a Dodge Durango that had a third row seat, it on sat six people. My husband and I considered buying a bigger vehicle considering his mom and sister were moving in with us because of his mother’s poor health condition. My husband and I had a vehicle to trade in plus a down payment to put down on the vehicle; after careful consideration of talking with bank to finance the balance, we finally got our note within a reasonable range that we could afford and considered the full coverage insurance, we had a set amount agreed upon by my husband and I and even after financing the vehicle and carrying insurance my husband and I save almost two hundred dollars. • What is conspicuous leisure?

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