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#occupywallstreet #hailtothehipsters

// Posted by on 04/15/2014 (12:51 PM)

 

It’s unsettling to think that the simple press on the enter bar in the tweet section of twitter can cause such a rampage. This is exactly how #Occupywallstreet was created. At the bottom of the tweet, additional information such as “democracy no corporatocracy” and bring tent” were included. While this thought is unnerving, it is quite interesting to me that this protest crowd was younger, and in a way it makes me proud. All this talk lately of “hipsters,” had disappointed me, until I revisisted this rolling stone article. The hipster generation is described to be “indefinable” and I agreed. In Haddow’s article, he claims that the hipster generation is a lost generation, and it is so detached and disconnected that it has stopped giving birth to anything new. While I formerly agreed, this makes me believe the opposite. We still have it in us to contribute and make a difference. Going off of that, over the weekend I have come to develop a new outlook on this whole “hipster” thing. The fact that the hipster generation are even noticed and have a name provides evidence that at least we are contributing to an extent. I also am still a little unsure of the term. I use “we” because while hipsters may be hypocritical and what not, “we” as a generation are lazy, not just the “hipsters.” I find the topic of the hipsters very interesting because I find myself torn a lot of the time. I think a part of me wants to think we are being activie in our communities and contributing somehow that we can someday tell our kids, but then again I’m not sure what exactly that is. I think this article touches on most of the aspects we talked about in class (hypocrtiticsm, PBRs, etc.) and it is taking place right here in Richmond.

http://www.timesdispatch.com/workitrichmond/news/hail-to-the-hipsters/article_0f65eaf2-e0fc-11e2-9274-0019bb30f31a.html

I think this article puts it into the perfect words the irony of being a hipster into the perfect words: “Hipsters, by definition, loathe doing what everyone else is doing. So being called a hipster suggests you’re not only trendy but also easily defined—which, of course, defies the point of being edgy, cool and underground in the first place. You can see how this gets complicated.”

I think my issue with the whole hipster idea is that at one point, being a so called “hipster” was “in” and was trendy, and to a certain extent it still is. A lot of people dress that way not because they actually like it but because it seems cool and seems different. Going to highschool in Richmond, I’ve seen people that I used to know that I would never have thought would dress the way they do now. And don’t get me wrong I believe people can change but I also think people change as the fad changes and this hipster cultural takeover is a result of that. I also have noticed a significant change in the hipster culture here. It has become very large in Richmond and has pretty much taken over Carytown. I hear a lot of people describe carytown as hipster and trendy.

I think the future is pretty unpredictable and pretty cyclic. As seen in the hipsters, trends and fads of thirty years ago are resurfacing. I think this is a natural part of the way things in our country work, especially fashion. For example, bell bottom jeans go in and out of style. It’s just the way it works. What do you think about hipsters? Have you noticed a change in the hipster culture since entering Richmond’s campus four years ago?


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Eliza said...

Reading this post got me to rethink my feelings about hipsters. Yes, in class I can get a little heated when discussing hipsters because most of the time they just annoy me. They sit there and yell at people they believe are “trying to hard,” and they believe in a “no judgement” culture, yet they continue to analyze and criticize everyone else. Its so ironic. What gives them the right? Why do they think they have this entitlement and able to pick on everyone else just because they’re not hipsters with them? I read a lot of articles to try and alter my view, however its a hard one for me to change my opinion on. I think generations are changing but that does not mean they are all hipsters. Girls at Richmond do whatever they can to find that shirt, or that outfit no one else has. The outfit that will make them stand out and be called “trendy.” Our society these days is always trying to dress chic and new. I do not necessarily believe that makes us all hipsters or wanna be hipsters. I think it is more of a fashion statement, not a mind-set like most hipsters.

// 04/16/2014 at 9:47 pm

Alexandra said...

I personally would not consider myself a hipster and from my own experience with them I am happy not to be associated with it. While the articles we have read in class lead to the idea that hipsters are re-inventing our culture and are the the forefront of innovation, I have to disagree. I see smart, intelligent, and cultural people make changes in the community everyday without ascribing to the “hipster” philosophy. You don’t need to wear converse and a beanie to an active and intellectual member of society, and those who believe you do are simple judgmental. Judgmental of the way the rest of our generation spends their time, and judgmental about what that says about the type of person they are. Just because people subscribe to mainstream college culture, like at Richmond, participating in Greek life culture on the weekends, does not mean that their opinions, values, and intelligence are diminished. I know plenty of smart and interesting people who participate in mainstream culture but also contribute to the local and global community in numerous beneficial ways. Hipster is not the only way babe!

// 04/18/2014 at 3:28 pm