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Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There [BARGAIN PRICE] [Hardcover]

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2.0 out of 5 stars Conflation and Gross Stereotypes Jan. 2 2004
Format:Paperback
Bobos in Paradise is a work employing such gross stereotypes and historical conflation as to be close to unuseable. Funny, witty, yes. Accurate and up to date, no. He takes Wayne, Pennsylvania as an example of the BoBo paradise and then tells us about mass tastes that are more than a decade old. In order to sound hip he uses pop cult phrases that are just dead wrong or off the mark. For example, he says these Bobo's like "Bruise Colors", actually a phrase primarilly used for young girls "punk" lipstick, blues, greens, red browns, when what he is talking about are the standard Pottery Barn colors. Founding Fathers "went in for clean classical styles, not gaudy baroque ones" as proof of their bourgeois values. Evidently he doesn't know that the Baroque style was The style from about 1690 to 1730 and the Rococo dominated everything from about 1740 to 1790 and, in many places, well beyond. What is this guy talking about? "They were smart but not overly intellectual" WHAT ! Franklin was the intellectual par excellance. That was one of the reasons he was so popular in France. At a dinner for Nobel Prize winners, JFK said that "There has not been so much talent assembled in this room since Jefferson dined alone." People like Franklin, Jeffeson, Madison and many, many others had continual corrspondence with the leading intellectuals all over the globe. Brooks does as badly with the contemporary scene. He makes no clear differentiation between the distinctly different generations that have emerged from the mid century mark. Brooks has a spin, a very self congratulatory spin, he wants to put on his ideologically driven vision the facts be dammed. Read this for what the Neocons are up to and how they want to view the world. Read more ›
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mildly interesting but ultimately flawed March 5 2004
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One day, the upper middle classes woke up and discovered the bohemians. Enchanted, they did away with the formality of grandmother's parlour and embraced bare wood floorings, ethnic Indian fabrics artistically draped over their sofa, and hung modern art on the walls. They started to travel to interesting places off the beaten track, explored different cuisines, and broke down the interior walls of their houses as to encourage a open floorplan. They started reading radical writers and embracing unconventional notions. Sounds familar? David Brooks would have us believe that these people are his Bobos, a brand new social class that embraced both elements of bohemianism and the old bourgeoise. The people I described are actually the late Victorians/Edwardians at the dawn of the arts and crafts movement at the turn of the century.
So, Brooks' argument is largely flawed because what he describes as a new cultural phenomena is just a replaying of history. There's nothing inherently new about his Bobos.
That's not to say the book isn't worth reading. It's amusing, in part to observe how much has changed since it came out three years ago. As much as I hate to resort to using the old "post 9/11" cliche, it's true that the world of today after the end of the dotcom boom and after 9/11 (the book came out at the height of the dotcom boom) is a pretty different place. Much of the casualism he describes as invading the corporate world has disappeared and with the collapse of Enron, "creative thinking" in corporate finance has been discredited and the firms are going back to basic and sound economics and practice.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Perils of Upbeat Criticism June 19 2004
By George
Format:Paperback
Brooks appears on Matthews show, and seems intelligent. That's why I bought the book. Generally, this book hits all the high points of American intellectualism. He tosses out the right names. The book is sort of satiric, and sort of serious.
Since it was written in the Bubble period, one can be charitable. Maybe this was the most criticism one could offer up. Now things are more serious. The discussion of how elite universities, how they held their power, could be channeled to ask why academics were so wrong in Iraq? Why are America's ideas, like neo-conservatism, so, um, lame? Is that the word?
Brooks gets into a very long discussion of moral absolutes. It's kind of a "Well, if you aren't on the plan, why aren't you going to Hell?" approach. It's a little breathtaking. One can argue that religions differ on the standards, the absolute standards, so if we are here to reconcile religious differences, life is going to be very bloody. He doesn't seem to accept this point, which is fine. Unfortunately, it devalues his idea of moral relativism and the Bobos, though he doesn't use that term, as I recall.
I guess it turns out that being shallow, a bit insipid, and totally materialist has a downside. A lot of the poor world tends to hate you, and wants to destroy you. Oh, dear. What a drag. So many snags.
So, his point about academia and top schools is interesting, as history, but what are these schools really churning out? Why do we have such a large income disparity? Why are we working so hard to build an elite? It's like Brooks is saying the elite is good enough, why sweat it, but I'm not really in it for vague and undefined reasons.
You have to be bright to pull it off. One could ask why anyone would want to pull it off? To have a bestseller?
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4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing study of the "new meritocracy"
While it may not be as catchy as "preppie" or "yuppie," in "bobo" David Brooks has coined a new term for a newly visible and significant segment of... Read more
Published on June 15 2004 by Chrijeff
4.0 out of 5 stars The Flavor of the Times Without Exactitude
David Brooks is a fine writer. I have always enjoyed his articles in the Weekly Standard, the Atlantic Monthly, and currently his column in the New York Times. Read more
Published on May 14 2004 by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Why they are how they are...
Bobos in Paradise by David Brooks gives readers a look at the characteristics of America's upper class today. Read more
Published on April 12 2004 by "scholarlykatie"
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and Fun
If you've ever been to San Franciso or Seattle, you've seen those coffee shops selling All-Natural Sumatran Earth-Grown Kenyan Blend, or those organic supermarkets selling Pete and... Read more
Published on March 22 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny but seriously fawed.
Brooks is a breezy and energetic writer who loves to brand name drop ad nauseum. The book is witty and fun to read. But dont expect any edification. Read more
Published on March 21 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Bohemians merged into the bourgeoisie--a clever notion
The author discovered in the college educated that rebel attitudes and social climbing are mixed together. This is a consequence of the information age. Read more
Published on Feb. 1 2004 by Mary E. Sibley
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for: who dont understand the People of the 60's
This book is a must read!
It talks about why Bobos will spend $15,000 on one thing but not on another. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars The Meritocracy Won??
If David Brooks, now resident Bush Apologist for the New York Times, is right that the Meritocracy defeated the Aristocracy, why is the ultimate "legacy" George W. Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2004 by Marshall Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, sad and witty
As the Amazon review states, we all know who the Bobos are. If we don't see them buying or wearing outrageously expensive items, we must listen to them as they blab about buying... Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2004 by Avid Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent concept, uneven execution
I am a fan of all kinds of sociological studies and I had been looking forward to reading this ever since it came out. Read more
Published on Dec 3 2003
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