Why We Like to Watch Rich People

Darwin Reyes
Period 4
2-20-14
The New York Times seeks psychological answers to fascinations with the wealthy class.- http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/01/16/why-we-like-to-watch-rich-people/schadenfreude-tv-seeing-the-rich-fail

Apparently modern media has been swayed to exhibit the endeavors of the hierarchical scale whether through exemplifications of hardships that represents the 1% of the population destroying their own lives or watching futile business expenditures. Why does society bother to view such pointless and mindless transactions among the wealthy when the vast majority acknowledges they shall never achieve such wealth?

The New York Times explains that the reason why people of the middle class enjoy watching the wealthy is due simply to the fact that when the rich have corrupted their moral value and compromised their common sense, it relieves pressure from our own economical situation. We alleviate our unsure economical security by comparatively being able to suggest that our envy is justifiable due to our lack of negligence in the face of currency. Comparatively we also suggest we would never follow through such duplicitous actions such as some upper class citizens to achieve such hierarchy of fame and wealth, although deemed untrue in the heart of greed...

Structural Functional

1. The wealthy pose a huge backbone in society seeming as they control the economy of society.

2. Another reason why watching the rich people live an extravagant life is due to the fact that television and media just wants the next topic that creates buzz and creates an income which is structural functional because television has become a huge influence in modern life.

3. The manifest function of airing such television series exposing the rich is to entertain the population which has become an integrated part of the backbone of culture.

Social Conflict

1. The latent function of watching the wealthy class spill is fulfilling a void of envy with justifications and arrogance, which exemplifies Marx's Social Conflict theory because it shows that the lower class envy the rich therefore there is always a factor to raise concerns of a revolution.

2. Television drama channels such as Bravo exemplifying the wealthy through daily business transactions is also a representation of Social Conflict in the sense that due to wealth, fame, and power people are treated differently and can get their own exclusives on television as opposed to a normal average funded person.

3. Another form of Social Conflict is the expression of arrogance and self relief upon discovering idiotic mistakes wealthy people have made to attain such wealth such as Gatsby cheating his inheritance. Judgment is a form of inequality because we seek comfort in the famed and rich not fulfilling their role expectation by abolishing means of status and their social standards by humiliating themselves.

Symbolic Interaction

1. As Weber would have it the typical paradigm society is shaped by individual human interaction. Dully noted earlier that television drama entices people with wealthy figures has become the trend of society and as individuals we accept to be accepted as part of the "in crowd."

2. Watching such movies exploiting poverty and wealth allows people to speak of the movie in a fascinating way although at times we deem movies mindless although it is social customs to engage in conversations and be polarized by another's opinion.

3. As aforementioned media based upon the wealthy provides a gateway into a conversation among other people and possible small talk in a social event, therefore Symbolic Interaction is present.

My Personal Reaction

I was personally intrigued by the Psychology of being attracted to the glamour of watching the wealthy fall from grace with unlawful decisions. Considering that my third home is the movie theater I was drawn into viewing the endeavors of the pathetic wealthy class falling from their pedestal and how the media entrapped me to follow social customs even though I am not affiliated with media norms such as Facebook and so on and so forth. The article appealed to me because it gave me a psychological reason to which my senses appealed to such neanderthal viewings and it discussed the economical backgrounds. I love economics...

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