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The Anatomy of a Hipster

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Recently a trend has recently come into the mainstream, which is all about, well, not being mainstream. Immediately you can see the paradox of being a hipster: their ideals are based around whatever ISN’T popular, yet the trend itself is what IS popular, which is pretty ironic don’t you think? 

For something based completely on originality, the clique is swarmed with clones, with people wearing the exact same uniform of a flannel shirt over a plain t-shirt and a pair skinny jeans, topped off with either a pair of converse or DC’s. Shouldn’t something that’s all about being individual not have a specific set of guidelines on what to wear, say and do? That’s my beef with the indie trend, it’s so hypocritical! You could quite easily google “How to be Indie”, and voila!, your ticket into the trend. Sometimes, people who fall victim to the indie trend could be diagnosed with something I call “Special Snowflake Syndrome”. Snowflake Syndrome is based around the idea that because someone follows a subculture mildly different from the mainstream, they gain this kind of imperious attitude, in which, because they listen to obscure bands and do things that are generally deviant from popular culture, they believe they are special, or unique, like a snowflake. This apparent specialty is never actually directly stated however, but more slyly implied. Sure, I know people who consider themselves “hipsters”, and they’re really nice people, but with others the sheer amount of condescending arrogance coming from is immense; you can hardly a conversation with them without them asserting their apparent superiority over the universe: Me: “I love *insert indie band name here*!” Hipster: “Yeah, well not only do I like them, I also like *insert indie-er band name here* and seem them live about 20 bajillion times..oh wait, my iPhone is ringing lemme get it out of my messenger bag”. 

Another thing about indie kids is no matter how obviously they are, they will always deny being hipsters. It’s like, if they admit being hipsters the circular logic of a hipster attempting to be against the mainstream becomes mainstream because he admits being a hipster (because they are mainstream now really) and will cease to exist because of the resulting paradox.

Q: How many hipsters does it take to screw a lightbulb?

A: Two, one to actually fix the lightbulb and the other to take a picture of it and post it on their blog on some obscure website.