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conspicuous consumption

As if the iPhone on its own wasn’t enough of a consumer piece, how about the following application:

Last week, an application turned the iPhone into a megaphone to proclaim: “I Am Rich.” That is the name of a downloadable program that promised to do nothing except signal to the world that its buyer was wealthy enough to have spent $1,000 to download an image of a multifaceted ruby.

It’s almost beautiful as an art piece exposing human vanity, but doesn’t seem to play well in the actual context of the iPhone’s App Store. From the New York Times.

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