Chris Maisano made a post on July 5th where he commented that capitalism encouraged narcissism. Never was this comment more apparent than in two of today's local New York papers, who both devoted several pages, complete with color photos, to President Obama's jeans. One of my co-workers, highly confused, asked me why this topic was so important. My response was that it was an attempt to stimulate the economy. New Yorkers, reading these articles, will immediately become self-conscious about their clothing and go shopping to make sure their jeans don't look like those of the president. As a result, the retail sector in NYC will receive a needed boost. This will occur because people are so conditioned to believe media that they feel the need to buy the jeans recommended in the article, in order to feel important rather than victims of the fashion police.
At the same time, the need also ties in with Anonymous' post:
"It is also a safety mechanism in the human brain which keeps us at a safe-distance from "non-look" alikes who used to be predators in the jungle life"
If everyone wears only the types of jeans dictated in the articles, then they will safely blend in with the crowd. Possibly the most critical decision the president will make in the future is whether to accept the societal preoccupation with appearance and buy new clothes.