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Status Anxiety [DVD]

Alain De Botton    Exempt   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Alain De Botton
  • Writers: Alain De Botton
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Revolver
  • DVD Release Date: 17 April 2006
  • Run Time: 167 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002CH7DE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,470 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Writer and presenter Alain de Botton challenges the idea that what we do, where we live and what we own, should define our status and determine our happiness.

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Status Anxiety: or, why you can't buy happiness 27 July 2004
By Ian
Why doesn't money (usually) buy happiness? Alain de Botton breaks new ground for most of us, offering reasons for something our grandparents may well have told us, as children.
It is rare, and pleasing, to see a substantial philosophical argument sustained as well as it is in this DVD. De Botton claims that we are more anxious about our own importance and achievements than our grandparents were. This is 'status anxiety'.
Alain quotes philosophical writings, such as 'Democracy in America', a report by Alexis de Tocqueville on his visit to the USA in 1831. De Tocqueville noted that American equality, notable in those times, was accompanied by a climate of envy.
We jump to present-day USA, and see what, to me - and obviously to de Botton, are some awful examples of 'The American Way'. A Christian preaches 'get rich'. A steelworker tells of his insecure life in an industry being closed down through others' love of money.
Our protagonist points out the advantage of high status: those with high status will enjoy the care and attention of the world. Then joins this advantage with the illusion, or 'attempt' at meritocracy in the USA, mentioning Jefferson's notion of 'an aristocracy of talent'.
Then the real 'rub' of meritocracy: there is always someone with more status than ourselves. Which makes us unable to achieve satisfaction, at least, whilever we care a fig for meritocracy.
The weaker part of the presentation begins when de Botton announces (to the television audience) that 'Next week, we're going to look at solutions' to this unfortunate by-product of meritocracy.
We visit a 'Bohemian' household, in the English countryside, where 'you come to share, not to take', and a nude camp, where outward signs of status almost dissappear, to the joy of all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars easy way to learn about this book 13 Jun 2009
By Eu
The book itself is much more enjoyable than the DVD, I am sorry but the voice is quite monotonous. But it is a great resources to show the main ideas for those that are not up with time to read the book.
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