Culture Code-X

Opulent Impunity

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Famous buchonas

The CODE-X series catalogs a vast codex of source codes (aka “signs”) extracted from past audits.

Note that signs on their own, while sometimes interesting, only become truly revelatory and useful once they’re sorted into thematic complexes, and the complexes into codes, and the codes into a meaning map. We call this process “thick description”; the Code-X series is thin description.

OPULENT IMPUNITY” NORM: Celebration — often tongue in cheek — of the drug cartel opulent lifestyle.

OPULENT IMPUNITY” FORMS: Automatic weapons (often gold/bejeweled), thrones, “saint”-like iconography. Buchona: wife to a narco (because they drink Buchanan’s Whisky).

From a 2021 study of “Mexican-ness” codes — as perceived in US culture.

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