Social status

​The social status of security

In the midst of a pandemic, the market has turned essential goods into status symbols.

While staying in a rented room and waiting for my university to reopen, I reflect on how much has changed this year and how long the change will take as I receive constant updates on the state of the world and our country especially through the various social networks. media platforms and electronic newspaper editions. There has been a surge in psychiatric counseling facilities in response to the increase in mental health issues. On the other hand, there is a part of the population who, somehow surviving, do not even have the time or the luxury to express their distress, because for them it is a life or death struggle. COVID-19 has exposed the deeply rooted inequalities in our society. Lockdown jokes on various social media platforms like Facebook and TikTok appear to poke fun at those struggling to survive.

I see delivery people risking their lives to deliver essentials and luxuries to those who can afford an internet connection, know how to use it, and have the money to purchase goods and services on these apps. However, what strikes me most about this thinking is how a number of e-commerce companies are changing their production and sales to include masks, sanitizers, and disinfectant sprays.