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So am I getting this right? - Jason Lindquist
Idle ramblings of an idle mind
So am I getting this right?
One of my friends is involved in the nightclub scene. I'm not really clear on exactly what he does now (in between efforts to get into law school,) but I know when he started out, it involved hooking people up with VIP admission to Las Vegas clubs, and setting them up with tables and "bottle service". There are prodigious amounts of money spent. $200 for a bottle of vodka is considered a bargain. Everyone is dressed to the nines. Promotional materials talk about entertainment and "lifestyle". References in pop culture suggest to me that door bouncers don't merely gate the flow of traffic in and out of the venue, but also filter it. If you're the "wrong" kind of person, appearance-wise, they'll never let you in.

It strikes me as awfully shallow. It feels like this is what the popular kids you grow up with get into after college. It's all about beautiful people seeing and being seen amongst other beautiful people, dancing and getting drunk while being seen spending large sums of money.

Can anyone say whether I'm on about this? And is this a new thing, or has this always been a big part of the club scene?
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chuck_lw From: chuck_lw Date: August 1st, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why am I recalling the fashionably bored group of beautiful vampires lounging/posing around in the movie Underworld?

Every time I saw them, I wanted one of the more active characters to turn to them and ask, "Uh ... excuse me ... do any of you people actually DO anything?"

In a roundabout way, that's sort of my opinion about that scene.:-)
jonroma From: jonroma Date: August 2nd, 2008 01:35 am (UTC) (Link)
There are people out there whose whole focus in life seems to be to show off to the world how wealthy they are, how hip they are, or how important they are. Usually, the harder one tries, the lamer one really is deep down.

People who have real worth (in whatever sense you want to define "worth") typically don't need to try to prove it on a daily basis.
jlindquist From: jlindquist Date: August 2nd, 2008 03:27 am (UTC) (Link)
As the Geto Boys once said,

But real gangsta-ass niggas don't flex nuts
Cuz real gangsta-ass niggas know they got em

Damn, it feels good to be a gangsta...
goblinator From: goblinator Date: August 2nd, 2008 05:26 am (UTC) (Link)
If you think about Studio 54 (for the non-celebrity clientele), this kind of thing has been going on since at least the '70's.

My last year living in Champaign, they started opening up these kinds of clubs downtown (Soma is one that comes to mind), and I was refused entrance just for wearing shorts.
recursive From: recursive Date: August 2nd, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think it's a more stereotypically NYC thing than the west coast, in general, but I have heard of such things.

Though, what I really wonder is if these people are the ones who were popular as kids, or if they're some subset of the unpopular kids, neurotically playing out the popularity game Lord-of-the-Flies-style.

Anyway, really, aside from hot women in revealing clothing and possibly some good music, I don't understand what is appealing about this scene.
dannyman From: dannyman Date: August 3rd, 2008 02:21 am (UTC) (Link)


It is not unlike geeks who like to dwell in more exclusively esoteric realms that keep them insulated from the knuckle-draggers, or the mass exodus of midwesterners who pay a huge premium to move to the coasts to avoid midwesterners. *shrug*

Some people buy iPhones, some people buy bottle service at a night clubs, some people lie on their mortgage applications to buy gigantic homes they can't afford, some people drive ridiculous SUVs, some people eat way too much meat than is healthy for them or for the planet, some people pay $100/mo for 600 channels of television they don't need. Conspicuous consumption is conspicuous consumption and it seems bizarre and insane to people who aren't "in" on it, and perfectly reasonable to those hoping to "fit in" with a particular peer group.

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