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(io9)   Hipster Cosplay: You've probably never heard of it   ( divider line
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9104 clicks; posted to Geek » on 14 Apr 2012 at 11:05 PM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-04-15 07:57:49 AM  
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100 Watt Walrus:
I mean, are hipsters any stupider than hippies from the '70s, New Romantics from the '80s or grungers from the '90s? Everybody calm down. The little hip-to-be-squares are not worth getting your shorts in a bunch.

They're not any stupider, their stupidity is just more offensive-- since it's essentially "what an idiot thinks smart people do, with no understanding of why they do it" it just comes off as mocking anyone with anyone that's actually any kind of intellectual or academic.

I mean, sure, technically the whole "smart people tend to know about more obscure branches of their hobbies" being translated to "liking things no one else knows about makes you smart" is technically sort of complimentary in its stupid, stupid way, but it still boils down to stereotyping the actual person with, say, deep musical knowledge or expertise as just being someone that listens to shiat no one else can stand. That's not actually complimentary in any way. Same with the aping the clothing, out-of-date bicycles, etc, of actual intellectuals. Maybe the hipsters' last memory of someone dressing up awkwardly in their clothing and following them around imitating their movements in an exaggerated fashion without real understanding is a fond thought of a little sibling or something, but for actual nerdy, intellectual kids it's directly associated with bullying and harassment from our peers in grade school.

Also worth noting that the hippies weren't going around doing stupid shiat and then declaring that it made them better than you, and would also frequently share their drugs and food (which also contained drugs, usually). So they were actually pretty cool as outlets for anti-intellectualism go.
2012-04-14 09:38:52 PM  
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Can we either farking define "hipster" or stop using it completly?
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