Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Social Matter Weimerica Weekly Foodies

A new Weimerica Weekly is up at Social Matter. This episode covers a subculture within America known as foodies. If the term foodie sounds vaguely familiar, you might have a friend or family member who claims to be one.

This is lifestyle striving. I discuss what gave rise to the idea of being a foodie, how it trickles down from high end to low and just how our food obsession has allowed foodies to blossom. This clocks in at just under 30 minutes, so it is perfect for lunch or the drive home.


Anti Dem said...

Thought I'd let you know about this one - combining the best in virtue signaling and virtual reality, you can now have the Anne Frank VR experience:

Glengarry said...

This comment is a bit late but here are a couple of tweetlike observations:

About people stopping cooking, making their own clothes, etc: I think this is at least partly driven by corporations catching up and making food and consumables that are better, tastier, cheaper, etc than you normally can do on your own. Watch Eddie Murphy's old Raw (1984 or so?) and he even manages to touch that topic, mom's burgers vs McDonalds. (Raw actually prefigures a lot of topics we complain about today.)

Having a HOBBY is really the foundation of civilization, betas getting intensely interested in making roofing tiles or bee keeping or engineering bridges or craft beers or whatever. All of this is partly status competition that leads to development of human (and civilizational) capital and ought to be respected (and to some extent it's a reason for having professions and universities) but you know ... nerds ...

Anyway, the basic HOBBY has now drifted to people getting entranced by, and status competing about, reading literature, watching TV, reading science fiction, reading comics, foodism ... What are in essence CONSUMER HOBBIES. Instead of creating or improving new stuff, it's about appreciating the consumption of stuff.

How did the CONSUMER HOBBIES arise? Parasitism on the human preferences for play and intense focus on hobbies? Too difficult to compete in ordinary hobbies?