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    • Following a recent conversation with a literature critic, who seemed to be hell-bent on destroying "popular literature" (as in, 'only Proust and Tolstoy are worth reading - Helen Fielding is a "pop evil"'), I started wondering where snobbery came from - and are snobs always experts, or do they simply assume/pretend they are?

      This was an interesting article, especially the last quote:

      "Latham regards the snobbery that emerged from and still clings to modernism not as an unfortunate by-product of aesthetic innovation, but as an ongoing problem of cultural production. Drawing on the tools and insights of literary sociology and cultural studies, he traces the nineteenth-century origins of the ‘snob,’ then explores the ways in which modernist authors developed their own snobbery as a means of coming to critical consciousness regarding the connections among social, economic, and cultural capital. The result, Latham asserts, is a modernism directly engaged with the cultural marketplace yet deeply conflicted about the terms of its success."

    • Snobbery is a form of tribalism virtue signaling. This would be the term at present (information age) times. Throughout history, snobbery takes on many forms and names. Tribalism is a human instinct, so if you follow the signs of tribalism you will indeed regress all the way back to pre-history. Way before the industrial revolution enabled barons to buy expensive cigars, the roman elite dressed in silk, and ancient pacific islander tribes thew ever more lavish parties at rival tribes until both became destitute.

      In my personal view, snobbery and virtue signaling always misses the mark. These are the so-called 'intelectuals'. Instead, I try to live my life as simply as possible. I congregate based on ideas grounded on data and sound analyses, knowing all too well we all possess blind spots and biases.