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The Invisible Badge: Moving Past Conspicuous Consumption
June 4, 2008 - By: Rob Walker
Thorstein Veblen introduced the idea of “conspicuous consumption” in The Theory of the Leisure Class, in 1899. And it’s still being recycled today. Veblen gave examples like the man who parades down Main Street in “stainless” linen, with a superfluous walking stick. These objects supposedly told a story—“evidence of lei

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