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Hipster: The Dead End of Western Civilization. "We've reached a point in our civilization where counterculture has mutated into a self-obsessed aesthetic vacuum. So while hipsterdom is the end product of all prior countercultures, it’s been stripped of its subversion and originality."
posted by four panels (21 comments total)

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I was looking at the front page of MeFi today and was thinking to myself, "you know, we haven't had a hipster bashing thread in quite a while". Thanks for filling that vacuum.
posted by hippybear at 5:30 PM on November 10, 2012 [4 favorites]


I liked this article better when it first came out.
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posted by acb at 5:32 PM on November 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Hell yeah. You may have intended to be sarcastic hippy but I'll be happy to take you seriously!
posted by ReeMonster at 5:33 PM on November 10, 2012


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posted by to sir with millipedes at 5:35 PM on November 10, 2012


The guy who wrote this is 28? Man, he's gonna be regretting some of his current life choices in about ten years. 28 is too young to pull the curmudgeon routine. Get laid, dude.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 5:36 PM on November 10, 2012 [5 favorites]


Remember per MeFi custom, talking about hipsters makes you a hipster.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 5:36 PM on November 10, 2012


This is some odious expulsion of feces.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 5:36 PM on November 10, 2012


This was a shitty rant four years ago, hasn't really aged well.
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear at 5:36 PM on November 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Hating on hipsters is the meta-dead end of civilization!
posted by Artw at 5:37 PM on November 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


If nothing else, the evolution of the hipster poster is an interesting look at the past decade of "fashion".
posted by Mezentian at 5:37 PM on November 10, 2012


"Counterculture"

LOL

Look where that got us.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 5:37 PM on November 10, 2012 [3 favorites]


What if I self-identify as a hipster? does that break the cycle?
posted by hellojed at 5:37 PM on November 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


Well, since this has been posted again, I might as well link to nasreddin's great comment about hipsters from four years ago.
posted by Kattullus at 5:38 PM on November 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


I would also just like to say: Oh no you guys it's like they just ride their fixies from nightclub to nightclub, dancing and chatting up sexy girls everywhere, how dreadful. Fuck me. Is there a place you can go to sign up for this? (It's in Brooklyn, isn't it)
posted by kittens for breakfast at 5:42 PM on November 10, 2012


I enjoyed this:

"Counterculture"
LOL
Look where that got us.
posted by BitterOldPunk

posted by entropone at 5:44 PM on November 10, 2012


I can't tell whether solely having angsty doom of cool articles in the main post from 2008, 2009, and 2010 but no later is some kind of hipster ironic posing or not.
posted by hobo gitano de queretaro at 5:45 PM on November 10, 2012


'Hipster' is about this close to being one of those words, like 'politically correct' or something, that when I hear it I kinda quit listening to the person a little.
posted by box at 5:46 PM on November 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Also, I don't think I've ever been so happy to age out of a demographic.
posted by box at 5:47 PM on November 10, 2012


"Fascist socialist hipster" is a sentence that pretty much could mean anything at this point.
posted by nevercalm at 5:47 PM on November 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


I hate hipsters because they're younger, thinner and better looking than I am.
posted by Faint of Butt at 5:48 PM on November 10, 2012


As a meta-hipster, I'm going to disagree. It is easy to say that hipsterdom is the result of some sort of search for "authenticity", appropriation of authentic cultural artifacts, and attempt to cloak yourself in said artifacts in an effort to legitimize yourself by association.

Is that what hipster's seeming obsession with obscurity is all about? A group with no identity of their own simply trying to outdo each other in authenticity? Maybe so. Maybe hipsterdom is at heart a legitimate attempt at connoisseurship. A curatorial movement that fuses disperate cultural elements.

Perhaps the perceived sneer people sense in appropriation of stuff like PBR is not directed where they believe it is directed. Perhaps hipster's unease with their own lack of identity causes them to sneer at themselves.
posted by Ad hominem at 5:52 PM on November 10, 2012


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