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    Hipsters

    I keep hearing people throw the word around and to be honest, I don't really know what it means. Can anyone provide me with a definition or an example? Seriously, I googled it and a series of blogs popped up that were geared towards some type of "I Hate Hipsters" club.

    I think I might be getting old.

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    Hipsters sounds like something my grandma would say. =\
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hipster..._subculture%29

    So the traditional definition of the hipster was essentially a non-conformist but now it's more of an ironic term?

    I listen to unsigned bands. I'm an indie film junkie. I make my own music and art. I like to drink wine and bullshit. I occasionally find myself at American Apparel. Does that make me a hipster? I think labels are dumb.

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    It did once mean the young and 'hip' - now it has morphed into a term to mock/describe the painfully trendy, those people who try a little too hard to be cool and think they are being individual.

    They are the people who ride around on bikes too small for them, skateboard (even though they are 40) and roll their eyes when you mention a new band because they liked them two years ago when they were 'underground' and had a Moldovan keyboardist.

    Hipsters congregate in the coolest parts of cities, in bars that only play vinyl and have lots of retro furniture.

    http://www.latfh.com/

    http://hipsterpuppies.tumblr.com/
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    I think nowadays it's more of a "too cool for school" kind of thing, like young people trying way too hard to be "hip." It can apply to anyone in their 20s and 30s, but age isn't a main factor. Rhino described it well.

    Q: How many hipsters does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
    A: Oh it's some number you've probably never heard of before.

    Here's a funny blog: http://unhappyhipsters.com/

    Hipster is a slang term that first appeared in the 1940s, and was revived in the 1990s and 2000s often to describe types of young, recently -settled urban middle class adults and older teenagers with interests in non-mainstream fashion and culture, particularly alternative music, indie rock, independent film, magazines such as Vice and Clash, websites like Pitchfork Media and cute things like Invader Zim and Hello Kitty. In some contexts, hipsters are also referred to as scenesters. "Hipster" has been used in sometimes contradictory ways, making it difficult to precisely define "hipster culture" because it is a "mutating, trans-Atlantic melting pot of styles, tastes and behavior[s]." Quite the abomination. One commentator argues that "hipsterism fetishizes the authentic" elements of all of the "fringe movements of the postwar era—beat, hippie, punk, even grunge," and draws on the "cultural stores of every unmelted ethnicity" and "gay style", and "regurgitates it with a winking in-authenticity" and a sense of irony. All in all, Hipsters are a weird lot and you're better off staying away from them and their grotesquely warped culture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scorpion View Post
    Q: How many hipsters does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
    A: Oh it's some number you've probably never heard of before.
    Brilliant! I'm so hip I knew what a hipster was.

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    A hipster is typically someone who is not hip.

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    http://www.latfh.com/

    I'm an aging hipster. At least I used to live the life modern hipsters aspire to lol. Bike messenger on a fixed gear, rock band on the side, permanent facial growth...

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    A blog I read has declared the word hipster to be obsolete. They replaced it w/ fauxhemian LOL. That blog, gawker, is nothing but hipsters anyway. I have no doubt you're surrounded by them, Kiran. I think today's hipsters spend a lot of cash to look poor. I must have come full circle, I still have all my old albums. Maybe I'll start a fauxhemian vinyl bar.

    Boy those hipster jeans look painful.
    Last edited by betheny; 04-05-2010 at 11:34 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by betheny View Post
    A blog I read has declared the word hipster to be obsolete. They replaced it w/ fauxhemian LOL. That blog, gawker, is nothing but hipsters anyway. I have no doubt you're surrounded by them, Kiran. I think today's hipsters spend a lot of cash to look poor. I must have come full circle, I still have all my old albums. Maybe I'll start a fauxhemian vinyl bar.

    Boy those hipster jeans look painful.
    I have come full circle too Bethany. Now the underwear I buy are called "Hipsters."
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