While coming out almost five years ago, the article "Hipster: The Dead End of Western Civilization" in Adbusters remains one of the best critiques and explorations of the hipster phenomenon. At its most basic level, the article argues that hipsterdom has become a global phenomenon that has no meaning, signified primarily by its participants' desire to buy empty authenticity and rebellion. Whereas other subcultures (punk, rap, hippies, etc) may have had rebellious undertones or components, hipster stands for nothing.
We don’t necessarily agree with everything the author writes–-for example, you won't find us bemoaning the death of western civilization--but it does make some good points and will likely raise a few eyebrows when folks see it.
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