31 Jul 2008 10:00 am   //   Filed under: Labeling

Don’t talk about hipsters

Writing in Adbusters, Douglas Haddow has one of the most thoughtful essays I’ve seen on the subject of hipsters. He concludes: “The hipster represents the end of Western civilization – a culture so detached and disconnected that it has stopped giving birth to anything new.”

Problems here. First, don’t waste ink on hipsters. Write about people who do stuff.

Second, Western civilization is going to be fine. Being hipster is an easy front. Behind them there are a lot of less vain young people getting work done, logging on, mixing-and-matching their own culture.

Third, hipsters aren’t a cultural movement as much as an economic tier. Rich kids ride fixies.