In Grayson Perry’s documentary about modern taste he depicts two different sides of middle citizens, one being more cultural in the way they live and they way in which they come across in society and the less cultural citizens who base their opinions of being middle class upon materialistic things like cars and the size of their homes. This didn’t surprise me as it is known to many that class is always portrayed by the clothes, cars and home you live in, though I must admit I was taken aback upon the fact that these people also believe that they are identified as middle class citizens by the food that they eat. It seems that in their opinion Jamie Oliver’s food also represents their class taste which perhaps in my opinion conveys the idea that certain food and diets can separate them from lower class taste in a big way. Moreover the more cultural middle class citizens also assert this fact with one person describing lower class people who eat cheap food as fat individuals who ‘sit watching day time TV whilst eating sweet things’. In some ways I believe they may have a point however it is quite amusing to see what extremes middle class people go to in order to separate themselves from lower class standards.
Furthermore the term ‘new money’ and ‘old money’ came to light during Grayson Perry’s journey in middle class taste. The term new money were for the middle class people who purely base their wealth on income as they did not want to give off any impression that they were once classed as lower class citizens which may answer the question to why they come across as though they are showing off their wealth . On the other hand middle class people who are from ‘old money’ are identified by their mannerisms, their way of speaking, clothes and children’s names, do less of the showing off, as to them being middle class is about tradition. This may be from their previous generations or even come down to the way their homes are designed which is more out dated from what I see in Perry’s documentary. The clear divide between the two types of middle classes continues to be shown as the cultural side display more knowledge or more so referring to Perry’s term Capital Culture
This is evident by the cultural displays in addition to the mature maroon and brown colours and shades with old fashioned furniture shown around one elderly couple’s home, it was almost as though Perry was walking into a museum of ornaments passed down from generations. Hence perhaps why they have confidence with their wealth, as unlike the modern middle class society these people know their place in society as they have been born in to wealth but the modern citizens haven’t therefore the way I see it, although they have confidence they give off the impression that they do not quite know where their place is in today’s society because they base their lives on their aspirations.
In conclusion I believe I have learnt a whole new era of what it is like to be a middle class citizen, the competitive streak the modern class have when it comes to showing how wealthy they are and how one class can have people who portray so many ways of what they believe to be a life of a middle class citizen.