The Death of the Hipster

gatsbygirl20

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I often refer to them as 'kidults'. Naturally we form tribes, but there's something a little different about the hipsters, they may well constitute the first tribe ever with no filial loyalty. A tribe of narcissistic individuals for whom each member of their tribe is narcissus mirror.
When you consider the tribes that went before them the goths, the punks the rockers, they tended to have a cohesive philosophy. The hipsters have no greater appreciation of anything other then the self and good coffee. In that regard they are the ultimate expression of modern society, trivial and lacking any real depth or conviction, a sort of bland hegemonic corporate 'individualism' in which your identity is a consumer choice.
Follow the money.

The "kidults" of today have extended their adolescence until their 30s because of the contraction in employment opportunities,..., internships...universities trying to make a buck by flogging them more and more Masters and largely useless higher qualifications...and the tendency of their parents' boomer generation to refuse to get off the stage combined with over-managing their adult kids' lives, thus infantalising them somewhat...

The mods and rockers of the 50s early 60s were a result of the post war boom, kids having time on their hands,...free education in Art Colleges with little stress on academic work...the abolition of military service and the old authoritarian class-driven certainties...the invention of the "teenager" as a consumer demographic

The American post-war consumer boom also needed to invent a demographic willing to spend all that money floating around...teenage rock n roll, teenage rebellion was largely a consumer event


Likewise the hippies with their back-to-nature style, tune-in-drop-out mantra--which was an indulgence that the wealthy 1960s could afford..

Their political posing was just that.....they went on to become the yuppies and CEOs of the 80s in Reagan's America, where their individualistic self-centeredness fitted in perfectly.

The punks were in part a reflection of the new realities in recession-hit late seventies Britain plagued by galloping inflation. But they grew up too and joined the consumer society

Our society allows (some of us) to re-invent ourselves for a few years, and to buy ourselves a new lifestyle and image when we're young and in search of an identity

We join a tribe because youth in its search for identity is tribal

Corporations sell us stuff because they like clear, self-identifying demographics

That's basically all it is, or ever was. Its politics and ideology are not serious

It's a harmless and colourful way-station on that road to the rather grey and grim routine of adulthood
 


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Even that first model looks forlorn and life-weary. Like hes been plucked from Jobsbridge to be a model for 6 months.
That's the look. You just want to run a few hundred volts through him. Restore his joie de vivre! :D

However, I found some happier looking hipsters. Now I want to warn you, this is not for the faint-hearted! It's a snap taken after the last p.ie Mods' meeting:

 

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That's the look. You just want to run a few hundred volts through him. Restore his joie de vivre! :D

However, I found some happier looking hipsters. Now I want to warn you, this is not for the faint-hearted! It's a snap taken after the last p.ie Mods' meeting:

I have a rash in my nether regions from just looking at those outfits.
 

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That's the look. You just want to run a few hundred volts through him. Restore his joie de vivre! :D

However, I found some happier looking hipsters. Now I want to warn you, this is not for the faint-hearted! It's a snap taken after the last p.ie Mods' meeting:

Oh well. At least they don't look ridiculous.
 
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It has been done before. Punctured bicycle. On a hillside. Desolate.

Best opening line to a teenage angst song ever.
He was writing about Billy McKenzie (he of The Associates) and he cropped up again as William in the "He Was ReallY Nothng" piece. McKenzie quietly hung himself in his gar
 

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Things do sometimes get a touch rough in some pubs. Shocking, but there you go.
Oh I know dear, but... you?

I imagined you'd sit Zen-like and end up magically hovering above the throng, somehow.
 

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Oh well. At least they don't look ridiculous.
Hmmmm, methinks your protests are a little too emphatic and that you may own one of these, at least to wear behind closed doors.

Kudos on providing an entertaining thread that involved no animosity amongst posters btw.
 

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Hmmmm, methinks your protests are a little too emphatic and that you may own one of these, at least to wear behind closed doors.

Kudos on providing an entertaining thread that involved no animosity amongst posters btw.
Yeah, must be nearly unique in the history of P.ie ...:rolleyes:
 

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Hmmmm, methinks your protests are a little too emphatic and that you may own one of these, at least to wear behind closed doors.

Kudos on providing an entertaining thread that involved no animosity amongst posters btw.
Taking the p1ss out of people is fun if it's done in a benevolent way. The way I see it, hipsters are fair game as they are risibly pretentious. And if they can't take the p1ss out of themselves, they place the onus upon the rest of us to do that for them.

PS. I don't wear colourful knitwear. At least not in the summer.
 

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That's the look. You just want to run a few hundred volts through him. Restore his joie de vivre! :D

However, I found some happier looking hipsters. Now I want to warn you, this is not for the faint-hearted! It's a snap taken after the last p.ie Mods' meeting:

The hard stare of the guy in blue (cross on abdomen) is saying "I demand to be taken seriously".
 
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If you've been out and about around Dublin (or any other major Irish or UK city) in recent years, you can't help but notice the proliferation of the pretentious, bearded, w@nker on the pavement. Or as they're more officially (and benignly) known, as "hipsters". With the success of hipster culture, it has gone from being an underground youth subculture, to becoming increasingly mainstream and commercialised, with large number's of young to middle aged men now sporting the classic hipster beard (with optional piercings, tattoos and skinny jeans).

A more in depth and comprehensive examination of the hipster cultural phenomenon.

It's a bit like the way the new romantic generation of the early 80s went from being an underground and subcultural youth movement to being very mainstream in a very short space of time. Commercial advertisers and fashion vulture's quickly latch on to new trends and exploit them for financial gain, and the irony of course is, that supposedly subcultural movement's which began as alternative's to the mainstream quickly become very mainstream indeed.

Personally, I view the hipster not as an individual, a rebel or 21st century subcultural icon, but as one of a growing number of pretentious, conformist, little pr1cks who are in actuality nothing more than fashion victims. Each time I encounter a so-called 'hipster' I am overcome with an overwhelming urge to urinate on them, and it's only a matter of time..

Like all fashion trends, the hipster shall come to pass (I'm old and bald and due to hormonal deficiencies, can't grow a full beard). :(

Does that make you a p.iebald? :p

I guess that makes you the only p.iebald that never gets ridden! :p
 


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