Wealth inequality is driving us back to the days of Victorian England, argues a new book which exposes the rise of the rich kid club.
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Before photography only the very rich could commission oil renditions of family.Today the ability to take selfies extends across society and wonderfully illustrates how much wealthier we all are. What those selfies portray is another matter....Decadent lifestyles shown by social media's young elite have echoes of portraiture from the 18th century, says Rashbrooke.As oil painters once sought to show off a subject's prestige, now selfies - where youth snap their Bollinger receipts - have the same effect of implying status and are in stark contrast to the austerity being forced on most of the West's economies.
But the facility to record all and sundry for posterity is nevertheless available to each and every New Zealander.
We've come a long way from Victorian England and we aren't heading back there.