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Bobos in Paradise

The New Upper Class and How They Got There
Autor: David Brooks
Sprecher: David Brooks
Spieldauer: 8 Std. und 42 Min.
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It used to be pretty easy to distinguish between the bourgeois world of capitalism and the bohemian counterculture. The bourgeois worked for corporations, wore gray, and went to church. The bohemians were artists and intellectuals. Bohemians championed the values of the liberated 1960s; the bourgeois were the enterprising yuppies of the 1980s.

But now the bohemian and the bourgeois are all mixed up, as David Brooks explains in this brilliant description of upscale culture in America. It is hard to tell an espresso-sipping professor from a cappuccino-gulping banker. Laugh and sob as you hear about the information age economy's new dominant class. Marvel at their attitudes toward morality, sex, work, and lifestyle, and at how the members of this new elite have combined the values of the counter-cultural sixties with those of the achieving eighties. These are the people who set the tone for society today, for you. They are bourgeois bohemians: Bobos.

Bobos define our age. Their hybrid culture is the atmosphere we breathe. Their status codes govern social life, and their moral codes govern ethics and influence our politics. Bobos in Paradise is a witty and serious look at the cultural consequences of the information age and a penetrating description of how we live now.

©2000 David Brooks (P)2000 Random House, Inc.

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Great language and metaphors

Most of the book very much resonated with my perception of new elites and the world that they generate around us. I loved the metaphors and lots of ironic humour. However I struggled with taking Brooks' thoughts more seriously. He admits it is more of an 'observation sociology' rather than a rigorous scientific method. Brooks didn't seem to attempt creating any consistent thesis. That's why I didn't find most of the arguments memorable and after finishing the book I was left with a feeling rather than with any new knowledge. It was more like an affirmation exercise than gaining insight or a new perspective most of the time. But I will still like to flip thru some chapters again some day.