Talk:Keeping up with the Joneses
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Edith Wharton's page said that her father's family were the Joneses from the saying. Comments?
There is a song from the OST of Indy Jones and the Last Crusade called also comically "Keep up with the Joneses"22.214.171.124 08:54, 8 February 2006 (UTC)
- I believe they even used the tagline "Have The Adventure of Your Life Keeping Up With the Joneses" on some posters and in some of the ads, too. I thought they'd made it up for "The Last Crusade" and had no idea it was an actual popular catchphrase until I began to hear it occasionally in songs and other things. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Michael24 (talk • contribs) 23:42, 3 January 2010 (UTC)
Keeping up with the Gateses?
Just because one article parodied the phrase does not mean it is now being commonly used. Does anyone have additional evidence? - IstvanWolf 14:41, 24 April 2006 (UTC)
It's been two years since IstvanWolf's comment above, and I question the "Gateses" term's usage as well. I've never heard it. Googling the term shows that some articles use it but only for word art (i.e. "Keeping up with the Gateses" describing a lifestyle interview with them). —Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 15:42, 28 September 2008 (UTC)
There is a book (somewhat in the mould of 'Gamesmanship' it seems to me) 'The Joneses: How to Keep Up with Them' pub. 1959 by 'Lee Gibb' which is a pen-name of Keith Waterhouse and Guy Deghy, according to the University of South Carolina, link: www.cas.sc.edu/engl/LitCheck/waterhouse.htm
Is there any connection between "keeping up with the Joneses" and the expression "jonesing" meaning desiring, as in "I'm jonesing to get a pizza"? Or also as in having a traveling jones?
- Well, I've never heard 'jonesing' in place of 'yearning', but there is a song called Basketball Jones. Useight 15:31, 2 July 2007 (UTC)
Boz Scaggs wittily linked the two in his song, "Lowdown":
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re the most recent diff IMHO "seen as being as good as " works , but I dont want to edit it myself jyust now —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Newbyguesses (talk • contribs) 09:01, 30 March 2007 (UTC).Newbyguesses 09:09, 30 March 2007 (UTC)
Gates as the standard
I have heard keeping up with the Gateses mentioned elsewhere. But there is an awareness that a) he is retiring from Microsoft, b) Apple and Google are cooler and the dotcom boom has burst c) he may no longer be the richest man in the world d) Particularly in Europe, the richest (and most ostentatious) people are Russian, eg. Roman Abramovich.
And anyway, as a symbol of excess and ownership of everything with constant shopping sprees and manufactured celebrity and omnipresent papparazzi, theres a new gold standard girl in town, who makes Bill Gates look a bit 1990s, despite actually having far less money. Why, Paris Hilton, of course!
"Keeping Up With The Hiltons" (see you no longer need an illegal software monopoly, you just need an empire of hotels).
--188.8.131.52 23:48, 7 November 2007 (UTC)
Australian Reality Series
- It is a TV series, why is there nothing about it here? (184.108.40.206 (talk) 10:27, 29 May 2011 (UTC))
"Running away from the Joneses" is the exact opposite, where you essentially say you don't care about your socio-economic or cultural status. --00:53, 24 November 2012 (UTC)
Why no mention of "Gangnam Style"?
Fake demonstrations of wealth and conspicuous consumption in Korea are what Psy is criticizing in the song and video.
For example, "bean paste women": Young women who eat cheap ramen noodles for lunch in private, then go out in public and buy starbucks or other expensive coffees. They want to be seen buying expensive things they can barely afford.
See also: Japan's "mi'e", or "needs". People will starve themselves to save money for unnecessary luxuries to appear richer than they are. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 04:08, 28 November 2013 (UTC)