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Hipsters – the end of Western Civilization? Not bloody likely…

Adbusters has as its cover story this polemic against all-things-currently-hip.  A quote:

“The American Apparel V-neck shirt, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and Parliament cigarettes are symbols and icons of working or revolutionary classes that have been appropriated by hipsterdom and drained of meaning. Ten years ago, a man wearing a plain V-neck tee and drinking a Pabst would never be accused of being a trend-follower. But in 2008, such things have become shameless clichés of a class of individuals that seek to escape their own wealth and privilege by immersing themselves in the aesthetic of the working class.”

Yawn.  Adbusters, it should be noted, has been floundering for these past few years, mostly because of the internet.  Ironic that a magazine whose ostensible motto, “Power to the people”, ought to see its own downfall brought about by the most democratizing technology of the modern era?  Nevermind the actual content of the article: One can easily see that Adbusters probably has a particularly large axe to grind with the current batch of fashionistas and political activists.  Generation X had to devote a certain small portion of its meager disposable income in order to buy vaguely-articulate critiques of modern consumer culture.  Now, it’s simply par for the course on the internet (what are you reading right now?  I’m not about to charge you.) Continue reading