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The Dead End of Western Civilization-WTF

WRTN BY // Chris

Hmmmmmm…. this may be a pretty long article today kids. Lets start off with a few definitions.

HIPSTER\?hip-st?r\-a person who follows the latest trends and fashions.

HIPSTER 1940′s- Hipster, as used in the 1940s, referred to aficionados of jazz, in particular modern jazz, which became popular in the early ’40s. The hipster adopted the lifestyle of the jazz musician, including some or all of the following: manner of dress, slang terminology, use of cannabis and other drugs, relaxed attitude, sarcastic humor, self-imposed poverty, and relaxed sexual codes. Early hipsters were generally white youths adopting many of the ways of urban blacks of the time, but later hipsters often copied the early ones without knowing the origins of the culture.

HIPSTER CONTEMPORARY - In the 1990s and 2000s, the 1940s slang term hipster began being used in North America to describe young, well-educated urban middle class and upper class adults with leftist and/or liberal social and political views and interests in a non-mainstream fashion and cultural aesthetic. While definitions vary, hipsters are often associated with alternative music, “indie” culture (indie rock and independent film), and other non-mainstream products, such as vintage clothing.

So I read Adbusters Magazine religiously. This month there is an article called “Hipster: The Dead End of Western Civilization.”  It was a good article but it left me kinda sour on the representation of my peers and this whole little scene we all supposedly belong too. Heres a few excerpts from the article, let me know how you guys feel. Leave comments….

{Ever since the Allies bombed the Axis into submission, Western civilization has had a succession of counter-culture movements that have energetically challenged the status quo. Each successive decade of the post-war era has seen it smash social standards, riot and fight to revolutionize every aspect of music, art, government and civil society.

But after punk was plasticized and hip hop lost its impetus for social change, all of the formerly dominant streams of “counter-culture” have merged together. Now, one mutating, trans-Atlantic melting pot of styles, tastes and behavior has come to define the generally  indefinable idea of the “Hipster.”

An artificial appropriation of different styles from different eras, the hipster represents the end of Western civilization- a culture lost in the superficiality of its past and unable to create a new meaning.

Gavin Mcinnes, one of the founders of Vice, who recently left the magazine, is considered to be one of hipsterdom’s primary architects…. “I’ve always found that the word ["hipster"] is used with such disdain, like it’s always used by chubby bloggers who arent getting laid anymore and are bored, and they’re just so mad at these young kids for going out and getting wasted and having fun and being fashionable” he says “I’m dubious of these hypotheses because they always smell of an agenda.”

We are a lost generation, desperately clinging to anything that feels real, to affraid to become it ourselves. We are a defeated generation, resigned to the hypocrisy of those before us, who once sang songs of rebellion and now sell them back to us. We are the last generation, a culmination of all previous things, destroyed by the vapidity that surrounds us. The hipster represents the end of Western civilization-a culture so detached and disconnected that it has stopped giving birth to anything new.} D. Haddow, Adbusters 79

This is not the whole article, its just a few excerpts that I thought where interesting. Go out buy the magazine and check out the whole jawn. 

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