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Catchfire
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posted 09 September 2008 07:44 AM      Profile for Catchfire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Ever since the Allies bombed the Axis into submission, Western civilization has had a succession of counter-culture movements that have energetically challenged the status quo. Each successive decade of the post-war era has seen it smash social standards, riot and fight to revolutionize every aspect of music, art, government and civil society.

But after punk was plasticized and hip hop lost its impetus for social change, all of the formerly dominant streams of “counter-culture” have merged together. Now, one mutating, trans-Atlantic melting pot of styles, tastes and behavior has come to define the generally indefinable idea of the “Hipster.”

An artificial appropriation of different styles from different eras, the hipster represents the end of Western civilization – a culture lost in the superficiality of its past and unable to create any new meaning. Not only is it unsustainable, it is suicidal. While previous youth movements have challenged the dysfunction and decadence of their elders, today we have the “hipster” – a youth subculture that mirrors the doomed shallowness of mainstream society.


“If only we carried rocks instead of cameras, we’d look like revolutionaries.”


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N.Beltov
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posted 09 September 2008 09:02 AM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Q. How many hipsters does it take to screw in a light bulb?

A. Some obscure number you've never heard of.



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martin dufresne
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posted 09 September 2008 10:09 AM      Profile for martin dufresne   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Setting up a youger generation by describing a groups as "symptomatic" of a loss of the previous generation's values seems to have become a cliché. France had the 'zazous" during the forties, gangs of motorcyclists provided an equivalent whipping-boy during the fifties, the sixties had beatniks and hippies, the seventies the punks, the eighties... I stopped caring at this point. This kind of hatefest is reassuring to the readership and helps sell "hipster" (or whatever*) products and hipster-hating articles and books.

*Whatever it takes to turn people one against the other.

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Grover
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posted 09 September 2008 01:53 PM      Profile for Grover     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by N.Beltov:
Q. How many hipsters does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A. Some obscure number you've never heard of.

The one I heard was
Q: How many hipsters does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: You mean you don't know?

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Sineed
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posted 09 September 2008 02:47 PM      Profile for Sineed     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A potential response:

"Duh, I already have that joke on vinyl."


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al-Qa'bong
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posted 09 September 2008 03:01 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I hadn't heard of this new movement until today. What's with the fixed-gear bikes?

Anyway, these icks are so sad even their name is off the cob.

Dig it, Jack!


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Stargazer
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posted 09 September 2008 03:28 PM      Profile for Stargazer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Hipster Olympics


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bigcitygal
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posted 09 September 2008 03:50 PM      Profile for bigcitygal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Sineed:
"Duh, I already have that joke on vinyl."


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