Is bling a crude, tawdry exhibition, an aggressive socio-economic and cultural statement, or merely a simple and joyous celebration? Is it ironic? Or aspirational? Is it innocent? Or hostile? Is it playful? Or serious? Immature? Or artistic? Obnoxious? Or Fun?
Is it spiking the ball in the end zone, or could it be singing because you're happy?
How, exactly, is it related to glamour? Where is it situated within the realm of the aesthetic?
Is it a neighborhood within the province of luxury? Or is it on another part of the map?
Is it inherently visual, or could even the blind enjoy some bling?
I've blogged recently about the broad concept of luxury, a couple of times. And it suddenly occurred to me that I should ponder the contemporary phenomenon of bling.
So I began today's post with the philosophical question, or set of questions. What exactly is it? Is there one answer? And here's a follow up question: Is it bad, or is it good?
And if it's bad, then how bad? But if, by contrast, it's good - how good?
Can it be either? And if so, depending on what?
What do you think?
And if you're the rare individual who has to go to Bing and type in Bling, then maybe this is just not ... your Thing.
In case you'd like more than questions today, maybe I should venture my own answers to what's already been asked. I'd say, "Yes" to almost all the queries that allow for such an answer, however apparently opposite, and to the options within the questions, and simply explain that it all depends on the individual, the intention, and the context. But then again, that's true of lots more, as well.
This is an interpretive guide to many expressions, actions, and displays: Consider, if you can, the individual, the intention, and the context. That's usually all it takes. The intention is always the toughest to know, and sometimes, even in your own case.
What's your bling? How would you define it for yourself?
My bling is a bright yellow watch on a matching yellow band that I wear to the gym most days. When people say, and it happens often, "Whoa! I like that watch!" I enjoy responding, "Thanks! Four dollars and ninety five cents," and relish seeing the reaction.
It's just my own little transmuted bling with a bang.