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Re: “Is This the HP Slate?

@Fruit Cup: could be that apple users have inflated self-images?

Posted by skyc on 09/24/2010 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Win Tickets to the Flaming Lips and Built to Spill!

I deserve these tickets because I sprained my ankle at the naked bike ride and have been unable to participate in any other Pedalpalooza rides since then and it's making me sad.

Posted by skyc on 06/24/2009 at 2:02 PM

Re: “The H-Word

Sorry in advance, but hipster apologies like this nauseate me just as much as hipster bashing. Yes, it is hard to define what a hipster is, at least in the way people try. It's too abstract of a thing to define in sociological terms. Between myself and my friends, we understand what sort of people they refer to, can generally agree on who is and who is not a hipster, and generally do not use the term pejoratively. It's useless to try to get into nitty gritty details about which band they love or hate, whether they do blow or not, or whether or not they ride a fixie, because the real essence is this: a hipster is not a sociological clique as the Hipster Handbook makes it out to be. That book is an intentional farce. Rather, I would say that a hipster defined psychologically, being a person who is typically insecure (perhaps to the point of dysfunction), believes they are creative (whether they are or not), and has a distinct tendency to avoid any sort of externally imposed sociological schema. These features account for most of the externally observed features that people try to pin on hipsters. For instance, they tend to flock together, because they are too insecure to be challenged by radically different ideas. This is why you get people complaining about hipsters 'taking over'. They also account for why most hipsters will vehemently deny being a hipster or act like they don't know what you're talking about; they are trying to avoid being compartmentalized. Of course, they do so by isolating themselves within their own circles of friends and try to spontaneously generate some sort of culture from within. This then leads them to be labelled as hipsters, which is the real irony of hipsterdom. I think my theory is further evidenced by people that have a lot of 'hipster' traits, as in the music they listen to, or the clothes that they wear, but I would not call a hipster because they don't care if the Columbia jacket they wear is not hip since it keeps them warm, or they like to watch basketball because they enjoy doing so (and not for the irony). These people tend to be secure enough in their own way of being that they aren't afraid to embrace tradition or mainstream culture when it genuinely pleases them, and thus they comprise a fringe of people that the average person would call a hipster who collectively muddy the idea of what a hipster is and further the notion that hipster defines people just like mod or punk or what have you. These terms are meaningless when you try to apply them to hipsters. Anyway, that's my take.

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Posted by skyc on 03/09/2009 at 3:19 PM

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