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Status Anxiety [DVD]

4.7 out of 5 stars 3 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002CH7DE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,473 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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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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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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not worthy to read the book.. 8 Nov. 2012
By David Ip - Published on Amazon.com
the book is dull...and listing the possible reasons why people are chasing for higher status...completely ignore the fact that there could be major reasons that are external and not internally driven..and the solutions of what the book mentioned are the worst..one can simply read the Contents to realize this book provides hollow content..Tip: Go to Actions for Films to watch "Status Anxiety" exact title and done by the same author who has done a better job on short documentary..here is the direct link...[...]
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top of the Class 7 April 2008
By Philip M. Ross - Published on Amazon.com
Currently, this DVD is unavailable in the U.S., but I caught it on my local PBS affiliate and was immediately scrambling to try to tape the second of the two-part series. Unfortunately, I failed so I'm here hunting for the program--unavailable. It is tremendously engaging intellectually and accessible, I hazard to suggest, to main-stream high school students in doses and older audiences. I caught myself imagining sharing this with my kids, anyway, as a way of figuring where you want to be in the world--and whose opinion, if anyone's, should matter. Not only is the writing excellent, the photography/cenematography is outstanding, making this as much about the visual as it is the audible. Please offer this DVD soon.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe this isn't on DVD in America yet! 20 Dec. 2008
By Jonathan Williams - Published on Amazon.com
This is an incredibly insightful DVD and I have found it very helpful as a recent college graduate. I hope it is on DVD soon!
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