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al-Qa'bong
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posted 01 March 2005 06:51 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I was flipping radio channels in the car today, something I usually never do, but Shelley Solmes wouldn't shut up, Community Radio was playing something unlistenable, and CBC am was particularly boring, when I came across a commercial station on which I heard someone in an advert utter, "Buy something for your lifestyle."

To me, this seems like a bizarre thing for anyone to say.

Comments?


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Boom Boom
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posted 01 March 2005 07:18 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Isn't that something we do often? The hippies used to buy flower print shirts, bikers bought tatoos, businessmen brought the latest briefcase or Lexus, all to support their lifestyles. Or am I missing something?
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Amy
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posted 01 March 2005 08:20 PM      Profile for Amy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think the point is that the advertisers are able to be far more blunt about it than they ever have been before.
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PereUbu
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posted 01 March 2005 09:33 PM      Profile for PereUbu     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Boom Boom:
Isn't that something we do often? The hippies used to buy flower print shirts, bikers bought tatoos, businessmen brought the latest briefcase or Lexus, all to support their lifestyles. Or am I missing something?

Hey, listen, somebody is buying those
Birkenstock sandals, Che Guevara T-shirts
and "fair trade" lattés.

[ 01 March 2005: Message edited by: PereUbu ]


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Américain Égalitaire
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posted 01 March 2005 10:16 PM      Profile for Américain Égalitaire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Amy:
I think the point is that the advertisers are able to be far more blunt about it than they ever have been before.

True. Now babies are a lifestyle accessory.

Are Babies the New Hot Accessory?

quote:
The recent spate of books on motherhood, magazine covers with celebrity moms and popular television shows about housewives seems to be embracing motherhood, showing it to be hip.

This new image of motherhood, which appears aimed primarily at affluent moms, is characterized by chic maternity clothes, innovative and expensive baby products, such as the $700 Bugaboo stroller, the style-savvy web site UrbanBaby.com, and "hip hotels with a kid-friendly vibe," as written about recently in The New York Times.

"When the beautiful people embrace parenting, it becomes sexy," mom Jana Platina-Phipps says, referring to actresses and magazine cover models Julia Roberts, Gwyneth Paltrow and Brooke Shields.

Moms even have the attention of television. Gone is Sex and the City about four single girlfriends in New York. This season's big hit is the dramatic series Desperate Housewives, while two different networks each have shows about wives who swap places and nannies who tame unruly children.



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al-Qa'bong
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posted 01 March 2005 10:52 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I dunno, but maybe this concept is strange to me because I don't think that I have a lifestyle myself.

I just sort of eat, sleep and do stuff.


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value
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posted 01 March 2005 11:24 PM      Profile for value     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I got some Rizlas and an eigth, that's somthing from my lifestyle.
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Papal Bull
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posted 02 March 2005 12:08 AM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I (kinda) hear you, value!

Today I bought some jumbo Aero bars from a lady at my work and a collection of JJ Rousseau a few days back.


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al-Qa'bong
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posted 02 March 2005 12:44 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Another advert with a weird message that I heard recently is from the car manufacturer, Citroën, on www.nostalgie.fr

It opens with a mob singing Ca ira, followed by really tasteless (including a "don't lose your head" line) dialogue between Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.


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Gir Draxon
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posted 02 March 2005 01:49 AM      Profile for Gir Draxon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by al-Qa'bong:
"Buy something for your lifestyle."

Corn starch?


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maestro
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posted 02 March 2005 07:22 AM      Profile for maestro     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
I just sort of eat, sleep and do stuff.

This is the most succinct description of a life I can imagine.


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Michelle
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posted 02 March 2005 08:21 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Gir Draxon:
Corn starch?

Haha!

As for Birkenstocks, Che shirts, and fair trade lattes...

Well, the Che shirts I can see as being specifically a "lifestyle" buy. You buy them for the sake of buying them and displaying what a rebel you are, right?

But for me, when it comes to Birkenstocks, they're not so much a lifestyle buy as a being-able-to-walk buy. Everyone has to have footwear. I have really terrible feet, they hurt in pretty much every footwear going - EXCEPT Birkenstocks. Birkenstocks for me are basically cheap orthotics (since I can't afford $500 orthotics and then the $200 shoes to put them into), and I wear them from the time the snow first disappears until the time when the snow comes again. It's definitely NOT a fashion statement - in fact, I often wish I COULD wear heels and pretty shoes, etc. I don't tend to project a granola-girl image - I don't really think I project much of a fashion image at all, frankly. So I would disagree with Birkenstocks being on the same list as a Che t-shirt.

As for fair-trade lattes - I don't like coffee and don't drink it or buy it, but I don't think buying fair trade falls into the "buying something for the sake of buying it and showing it off" category either, which is the way I see the "buy something for your lifestyle" saying. If you're going to drink coffee or tea or hot chocolate anyhow, then why not make it fair trade?


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skdadl
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posted 02 March 2005 08:35 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I make my fair-trade coffee at home, so I'm definitely not swanning about in public making any kind of lifestyle statement with it. I just don't believe in raping third-world workers is all.

Alternative Grounds

Doesn't cost more; tastes better; and they deliver (mail).

[ 02 March 2005: Message edited by: skdadl ]


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The Hegemo
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posted 02 March 2005 03:03 PM      Profile for The Hegemo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Lately I've been buying a lot of obscure minor league and European hockey jerseys on eBay -- Ft. Wayne Komets, Dukla Trencin, etc. So I guess that makes my lifestyle that of the obscure hockey fetishist?
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gopi
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posted 03 March 2005 11:26 AM      Profile for gopi     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
"Buy something for your lifestyle."

You are not an individual. You are a carefully controlled catagory. The luxury you have demanded is now mandatory. I'm going back to bed.


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smokingeatingdrinkingprohibited
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posted 03 March 2005 02:38 PM      Profile for smokingeatingdrinkingprohibited     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm immune to all this. My conscience is clear from consumerism.

Once in a while I enjoy posting on Bulleting boards. For which I bought this computer. Uh, and I bought this subscription from Roger's which gives me access to the 'net.

Then, I buy newspapers & books so I'm up-to-date on info I post on the 'boards.

Oh shit!

[ 03 March 2005: Message edited by: smokingeatingdrinkingprohibited ]


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