The theory of the leisure class and Facebook over solar panelsI read "The Theory of the Leisure Class" a few years ago and loved it.
A blog I came across a few days ago takes those ideas and brings them up to date. I strongly encourage you to read this well thought-out piece titled "Conspicuous, but not Consuming: Why Facebook is more important to the environment than solar panels."
One thing is clear, culture is in flux. We are moving from one definition of social interaction to another, one system of commerce to another and one framework for society to another.
Kudos to the crew at Good for continuing to push things forward in a relevant way.