On the rooftop pool deck of Drai’s Las Vegas nightclub, clubgoers pay the social media influencer known as “The Slut Whisperer” to pour thousand-dollar bottles of champagne over their bodies so they can get tagged in an Instagram post. Off the strip, EDM DJs with multi-million-dollar club residencies like Steve Angello of the Swedish House Mafia blow off steam by shooting automatic machine guns at the local range, followed by test driving hypercars at 200 plus miles per hour in the Vegas Motor Speedway. In the penthouse suites of the strip’s most luxurious hotels, Forbes-list DJs Tiësto and Steve Aoki discuss the rise of the DJ-entrepreneur and their plans for literal world domination.

These scenes come from a 2016 episode of Vice’s “Noisey” music documentary series and, for many who have visited Sin City, they represent the apex of American greed, excess, and waste. Throughout the episode, both the financial...

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