Hipster: The Dead End of Western Civilization

Thank you Adbusters for showing me the light.  Hipster=Hell.


Really though, if the Hipster is the end of Western Civilization, what about the East?  Is there any more ‘authenticity’ or socio-political revolutionary drive behind Harajuku Girls and other Japanese youth tribes?  Probably not.  The Hipster is just a localized, Occidental incaranation of the universal symptoms of the malaise of Late Capitalism.

The first rule of Hipsterdom is to deny that you are Hipster. And to make fun of other Hipsters.  Because sincerity is dead.  Ideology is dead.  Our lives are now bookended by air quotes.

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  • Charles Loughhead

    Ideology cannot, by definition, be dead. See Althusser: “Ideology represents the imaginary relationship of individuals to their real conditions of existence.”

  • But you see, that declaration was pronounced between invisible literary “air quotes.” Hence the problem with hipsterism.

  • Charles Loughhead

    Your tone wasn’t lost on me. I offer my comment only as a reminder that hipsters and non-hipsters alike cannot escape ideology.

    I agree with your suggestion that hipsterism is but another instantiation of Late Capitalism. Scratch a hipster, and you’ll find a commodity fetishist of an especially laughable, weak-minded, weasely sort.