We are being misled - seriously misled. No matter where you look, we are expected to believe that by buying lots of expensive, luxurious items, it signifies that we are wealthy. Nothing could be further from the truth. It's really just cash flow.
Television and movies portray people that seem to have an endless supply of money. Some shows, in fact, are nothing more than an endless commercial glorifying consumption. A crime scene cop looks at his watch, a $6,000 designer label piece, and we are expected to believe he can afford it on his salary?