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    Check out this page, it give you a great idea of who hipsters are....

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=hipster
    quite the flattering synopsis. i suspect whoever wrote that is from brooklyn, listens to bad synth pop and does cocaine recreationally. i am surprised the author didn't praise cocaine as the primer to all of the enlightening conversations one can have with these culturally superior demigods. 2/10
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    hipsters have always existed in some form. the kids who were goth or punk in middle school turned emo in early high school, then were "scene," then indie and now progressed into hipsterdom. it's kinda a type 4 mentality, but i doubt most hipsters are 4s, they're just trying to fit in with their friends. i've always just found it really ironic because they're trying so hard to be original and different but end up being exactly the same as so many other people in the process.

    i think part of the reason i am so into mainstream pop culture is because i've always been surrounded by so many hipster type people. so i rebel against that in my 4 way.

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    It's a form of social group signalling like fashion. These are the people I want interacting with me and these are the people I do not want interacting with me.

    Other things that fall into this category:

    Politics
    brands (iphone for example)
    Favorite activities (for example dirt bike riding vs meditation)
    Personal philosophy/spirituality
    Humor
    Taste in food (do you like wine or beer?)
    For all that we have done, as a civilization, as individuals, the universe is not stable, and nor is any single thing within it. Stars consume themselves, the universe itself rushes apart, and we ourselves are composed of matter in constant flux. Colonies of cells in temporary alliance, replicating and decaying and housed within, an incandescent cloud of electrical impulses. This is reality, this is self knowledge, and the perception of it will, of course, make you dizzy.

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    Hmm, I usually find that the best way to understand a difficult concept is to break the word down.

    Hipster: Hips Ter

    No idea what Ter means. Therefore hipsters are unable to be discovered or understood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Great One View Post
    illogical
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    Why do Hipsters only listen to "non-mainstream" music? Then, once their favorite artist gets big (mainstream) they stop listening to them because they are too "mainstream" at that point. This seems like an illogical contradiction because many artists aspire to get to the top and make it "big" but it seems like they never could do this and be a true hipster. Discuss.
    I think it's pretty simple. People who cop this attitude take pride in their rarefied and discerning taste. If everyone likes the same thing as they do, then their taste is common. That's why they abandon bands that get big and search out the next cool band that hardly anyone likes yet. As long as their favorites remain unknown or unappreciated by a majority of the population, these people can maintain the illusion that they possess rare powers of music appreciation. It has nothing to do with quality; it's all about perceived quality.

    They, along with like minds in the music press, maintain the circle jerk by promulgating the lie that once bands hit it big they begin to suck. It helps their argument - what could give an aspiring tastemaker more cred than knowing when the jig is up before everyone else? What they fail to factor in is that when a band hits it big it's just as common that public taste came around to their sound as it is that the band compromised to get more popular. They can't see this because the given in their thinking is that their taste is unassailable.

    Besides, even if were true, what is the harm in making music that people enjoy? I like a lot of bands that were pretty obscure when I first started listening to them, and I'm happy for their success because I think they're good and they deserve it. "Selling out" is the most overused and misused term in popular culture that I can think of.
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    It's an appreciation of the "starving artist" lifestyle. They appreciate the struggle that starving artists are going through, but once they become successful they don't see the appeal of their product anymore. I think it's a way of living vicariously through another persons work, knowing that if they were to attempt the same, they would very likely always be a starving artist. By relieving their starving artist urges, they are more capable of concentrating on other aspects of their lives that are perhaps more practical. The same phenomenon can be found in a lot of underground rap fans. Once an artist has made it though, they can't relate to them any longer because their urges to be a "starving artist" themselves are no longer being fulfilled. (An idea that seems like the epitome of self in this generation (really, is there any other lifestyle more noble?)).

    So they move on, hoping to either find the next big thing...or the perfect "small thing" for them.

    There is also enjoyment in trying to guess which acts will turn mainstream. It's almost like a "buy low, sell high" social system with the prize being demonstrated superior understanding of others.

    I'd imagine that hipsters know they're not all that unique. They realize that conformity is inevitable...and they respond to that with irony. By taking individuality to an extreme they become part of the group. Within the group, though, there is room for much individuality which I think appeals to them. In a sense, they are always either beating them or joining them...which is a win win in their eyes.

    I find it one of the more interesting fads.

    The fact that hipterdom has turned mainstream probably fuels it's mainstreamness as well. It's ironic...and it's exactly what it wants to do.

    Too bad I'm not one.

    I've always been labeled as a jock or stoner...perhaps with a weird habit of isolating myself and reading.

    My question is: How do these pre adult fads integrate themselves into the the battle lines already drawn by previous generations?

    There is already pretty clear cut evidence that hipsterdom doesn't smoothly integrate into traditional American liberalism. Perhaps somewhat surprising...but I've suffered through many talks about Ron Paul and the failures of Obama from many of my hipster peers.

    Funnily, hipsters seem to be the voice of my generation.

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    hipsters are like emos.....irrelevant

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    I thought it was an appreciation of thrift store tee shirts, ironic sweater parties, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and paying WAY TOO MUCH for bicycle while claiming to be a "starving artist."

    Anyone who listens to music *just because* it's underground, and not because of the way it sounds is a tard.

    I respect a person who has a broad and/or deep knowledge of different kinds of music, not someone who only listens to bands no one's ever heard of. I mean sure go see local bands, but they don't automatically become bad if they sell an album (and being local or unknown doesn't always equal good, derp.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lanton88 View Post
    hipsters are like emos.....irrelevant

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    Don't tarnish the beautiful name of the emos.


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