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HIPSTER: THE DEAD END OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION

July 31, 2008 BY CAPSULESNEWS

picture-18-300x282.pngThat’s the title of the cover story for Adbusters magazine’s most recent issue. The article claims that the so-called counterculture of ‘hipsterdom’ is the amalgamation of all prior youth sub/counter cultures and therefore it apparently has been “stripped of its subversion and originality.” While a good read, the article is ridiculous to me (not a hipster, I don’t think, or care). What is a hipster really anyways?  Some of the absurd claims the author makes include describing ‘hipster’ dancing as “a faux shrug shuffle that mocks the very idea of dancing”,  and calls American Apparel V-Necks a “symbol(s) and icon(s) of working or revolutionary classes” which ‘hipsters’ have drained of meaning. While he does make some decent points, the article suffers pretty badly from the strawman fallacy in my opinion.  There are a lot more things that bother me about it now that I think about it…. Read it for yourself here.  (via Hyrcollective)