Saturday, 16 August 2008


The hipster. The punching bag for uncool fat bloggers or jealous and greying Gen Xers? Perhaps the endgame for affluent western youth culture in the late naughties. Do snowed-up rich kids preening for the photoblogger get your blood on the boil? Then Adbusters have an interesting and at times scathing article for you about the hipster (an no, i don't mean those low waist jeans).

Hipsterdom is the first “counterculture” to be born under the advertising industry’s microscope, leaving it open to constant manipulation but also forcing its participants to continually shift their interests and affiliations. Less a subculture, the hipster is a consumer group – using their capital to purchase empty authenticity and rebellion.

The responses are also worth a read:

Why shouldn't you applaud yourselves while being ashamed at the same time?! This is no revolution, or counter-revolution, or evolution, or devolution, it's a mobius strip of a paradox in a hampster wheel!
- Anonymous

In the spirit of un-celebrating the hipster here's some of my fave club photoblogs featuring uber-cool counter-culture revolutionaries:

Australia: Streetparty, Purple Sneakers

OS/US: Last Nights Party, Driven By Boredom, The Cobrasnake

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