May 13, 2011

One of the most insightful, encompassing and almost compassionate macro analysis of the Hipster phenomenon in the West that’s been filtering eastward to us by way of Web2.0 and all the aggressive synergy the advert agencies can still muster.

“Hipster: The Dead End of Western Civilization” is too good not to share. Douglas Haddow doesn’t just give us a piece of the pie, he hands it to us whole and describes the variety of flavors from crust to core as we chew on its depth, guts and clarity.

This, in contrast to my Crunk-Core piece on that focuses only on a musical aspect of the spectacularly vapid catastrophe that is modern hispterdom.

“Punks wear their tattered threads and studded leather jackets with honor, priding themselves on their innovative and cheap methods of self-expression and rebellion. B-boys and b-girls announce themselves to anyone within earshot with baggy gear and boomboxes. But it is rare, if not impossible, to find an individual who will proclaim themself a proud hipster. It’s an odd dance of self-identity – adamantly denying your existence while wearing clearly defined symbols that proclaims it.” 

Previous to that he cuts right to the heart of it. With touches of gonzo, too.

“An artificial appropriation of different styles from different eras, the hipster represents the end of Western civilization – a culture lost in the superficiality of its past and unable to create any new meaning. Not only is it unsustainable, it is suicidal.”

Bravo, sir. Read the whole ADBUSTERS piece HERE.


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