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  • 1. MC6003 Rebecca Curnock The Consumption of the
  • 2. Revisit what is meant by the cultural circuit. Consider the Samsung Smart Television (TV) in relation to consumption. Consider what the Samsung Smart TV has to offer consumers. Compare the Samsung Smart TV to other manufactures. Examine potential drawbacks of the Samsung Smart TV.
  • 3. Although objects are encoded with meaning during their production, the process of production is never fully realised until the moment of consumption (DuGay 1997). With this in mind consumption does not reside with the object, but in how the object is used, meanings can be encoded during production, however these meanings can change through the consumption of a device (Curtin & Gaither 2005).
  • 4. The Samsung Smart TV In 2007, Samsung developed the Smart LED TV, which is now called the Samsung Smart TV. The television has its own smart hub where you can navigate through live TV, movies, streaming content, social networks, and apps and the ability to watch films (Samsung 2014b). The television supports media convergence as a flow of content across multiple media platforms (Jenkins 2006: 282). There is technological convergence between all Samsung laptops, mobile phones and tablets. Updated versions allow voice and sensory recognition, and even if you have an older version of the Smart TV you can buy a smart evolution kit which you plug into your television which allows you to have the most updated version of the televisions devices (Samsung 2014c).
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  • 7. So where are we now with consumption in relation to the Samsung Smart TV?
  • 8. Theory of Conspicuous Consumption Veblen ([1899] 1994) Veblen ([1899] 1994 cited in Trigg 2001) explored the theoretical framework of conspicuous consumption, where individuals but things in order to show the other around them to show their wealth. According to Veblen there are two ways in which this can be achieved: Through extensive leisure activities Through lavish expenditure on consumption and services (Gottdiener 2000). So this would suggest that someone who bought a Samsung Smart TV is buying this product to show their status.
  • 9. Firstly, it has been argued that Veblen's approach is too restrictive in relying on the "trickle down" of consumption patterns from the top of the social hierarchy (Trigg 2001: 104). Secondly, it is now suggested that consumers no longer display their wealth conspicuously. Status is conveyed in more sophisticated and subtle ways (Trigg 2001). Finally, for those writing in the postmodern tradition, consumer behaviour is no longer shaped by positions of social class but by lifestyles that cut across the social hierarchy (Featherstone 2007). It is argued that in a postmodern culture the relationship between the postmodern consumer and the relationship between social classes has vanished (Trigg 2001). Criticisms of the Theory of Conspicuous Consumption Veblen ([1899] 1994)
  • 10. In the case of the Samsung Smart TV, I would argue that consuming this product is more of an individualised choice. A study by Chan and Goldthorpe (2007) highlighted three consumption theories: The homology argument (similar to Veblens argument). Omnivore- univore argument which refers to having a wide cultural taste, compared to a niche cultural taste. The individualisation argument, in which I believe is the most relatable to the consumption of the Samsung Smart TV.
  • 11. The individualisation argument suggests that in the economically advanced societies of the present day, differences in cultural taste and consumption and indeed in lifestyles generally are losing their grounding in social stratification, however this may be understood, and are becoming more a matter of individual self-realisation. (p170). Under postmodern influences lifestyles are seen as now lacking any kind of structural grounding or indeed inherent unity. Individuals are increasingly able to form their own lifestyles independently of their social locations and, primarily through their patterns of consumption and demonstrations of taste, to construct their own selves. (Chan and Goldthorpe 2007: 170, PricewaterhouseCoopers 2006). This is supported by Samsung core values as they highlight they are dedicated to giving people a wealth of opportunities to reach their full potential. (Samsung 2014d).
  • 12. Revisited the cultural circuit. Explored the consumption of the Samsung Smart Television, and what it has to offer to consumers. This has been possible by: Looking at other manufactures that produce similar televisions, and drawing upon theoretical frameworks such as conspicuous consumption, and (Velben [1899] 1994 cited in Trigg 2001) and a post modern culture of consumption, which focuses more upon the individual and the lifestyle that they lead. Finally, I have addressed the drawbacks of the television and possible solutions to these problems. I have made a good pitch for you all to go out and buy a Samsung Smart TV, as I did and certainly havent looked back!
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