Monday, May 01, 2006

Whither went the idle rich?

The rich don't describe themselves as rich (except for celebrities, who are expected to live lavishly).

Geoff Nunberg addressed the phenomenon in the New York Times on Sunday.

He noted that if you're a millionaire but your neighbors are bajillionaires, you feel less rich.
After all, if you're still flying commercial and your business school classmates have their own Gulfstreams, it's easy to forget that there was a time when your wildest dreams of riches only went as far as a seat in first class.
Also noted:
In his 1994 book, "The Agenda," Bob Woodward reported that Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, himself a wealthy man, urged President Bill Clinton to speak only of "the well-to-do" -- a phrase that suggests a respectably prosperous patent lawyer, not Paris Hilton.


At 3:21 PM, May 01, 2006, Anonymous ThorLoki70 said...

It's funny how hip-hop has mixed messages. First, there is the chasing on bling and living the super-sized life so others can live vicariously. But they also have to "keep it real," putting themselves in dangerous situations that no millionaire would ever touch. For some reason, J.Lo. feels she needs to remind us that she's still "Jenny from the Block." Then again, classic Hollywood would combine profiles of the glamourous life with contrived articles about how stars' family life was as normal as could be.


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