Thursday, December 04, 2008

Post Titled: wow, adbusters, you read my mind (for, like, the past 5 years) with the cover story this time: "Hipster: The Dead End of Western Civilization"
Excerpt: "Gavin McInnes, one of the founders of Vice, who recently left the magazine, is considered to be one of hipsterdom’s primary architects. But, in contrast to the majority of concerned media-types, McInnes, whose “Dos and Don’ts” commentary defined the rules of hipster fashion for over a decade, is more critical of those doing the criticizing.

“I’ve always found that word [“hipster”] is used with such disdain, like it’s always used by chubby bloggers who aren’t getting laid anymore and are bored, and they’re just so mad at these young kids for going out and getting wasted and having fun and being fashionable,” he says. “I’m dubious of these hypotheses because they always smell of an agenda.”..."

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Anonymous DLR said...

Great article, and all the more relevant if you live in Boston (or Cambridge) MA.

Pretty nice layout on the site too. You should get in touch with Kalle Lasn again (didn't Kyriacou interview him once?) and try to work for Adbusters.

3:28 pm  
Blogger "Post-Google" by TAR ART RAT said...

hipsterdom is a plague, fortunately as long as I stay away from Prenzlauerberg it isn't too much of an issue in Berlin... although it is creeping into the Kreuz-kölln kiez here... ever so slowwwwly.

actually I interviewed Kalle Lasn summer of 2007, he's a very nice guy.

3:34 pm  
Blogger "Post-Google" by TAR ART RAT said...

Marcus Silverthorne emailed-in a response: "Hmm... in defense of hipsters though... if you read that article you'll notice something very common, this bizarre romanticized view of countercultures. Hippies, punks, those were REAL countercultures. Hipsters, just an ironic rip-off. But those REAL countercultures were for the most part a bunch of dumb kids buying into the reigning fashion and thinking they were really making a "statement" of some kind by following suit. Any movement bigger than a few people is bound to be as conformist as the hated suburban middle class, just smaller in scale and partially defined against the mainstream (which is as reactive as the slaves in Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morals defining themselves in contrast to the masters). Fashion is the funniest part, though. If you step back and think about it, there's nothing more ridiculous than fashion and our inexplicable but very strong sense that certain clothes are right and others wrong. If you play the game lightheardedly, try to look good within the bounds of the current prejudices, etc, then fashion can just be a way to meet people and feel good. But if you play it seriously, dress according to some ideology (e.g. hippies, punks, countercultures, probably even fashion world), then it's just so silly. So hipsters fit that I guess. They conform to a look, a set of attitudes, a set of ideas and a set of tastes that they didn't invent, like all people do and always have. And hipsters can be pretty vacuous, spouting ideas they don't understand and otherwise embarrassing themselves. But one could say the same about any counterculture."

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