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There is a lot of talk today about hipsters. Here are some thoughts I had about the “hipster” phenomenon. These points read like an argument.
- Fashion is way of expressing yourself, like an artist would.
- But the hipster lacks a critique of capitalism.
- The hipster fetishizes products of capitalism just like the general public, except the products they fetishize are supposed to be under-appreciated or obscured by others.
- The hipster lifestyle is premised on the pursuit of personal sovereignty, achieved through consumption of commodities and the images-as-commodities.
- “Hipster counter-culture” does not exist.
- Hipsters betray counter-cultures and turn them into commercial enterprise by recuperating the antagonistic, revolutionary or political aspects of them, saving only the cosmetic and aesthetic aspects.
- Capitalist production cannot become an authentic cultural resource.
- The hipster is a-political. But they will pretend to be political if the social situation requires it.
- The omnipresence of hipsterism today is only preparing the next generation for a future full of false rebellion.