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The only thing about the "hipsters represent the end of western civilization" article [adbusters] I can think to say is that Adbusters was one of the last magazines I expected to be launching screeds against people for wearing generally brand-free or recycled clothing, riding bicycles to parties, drinking almost entirely unpromoted beer, and doing lo-fi creative stuff for the sake of doing it.


oh snap! good point.
I mean, there are plenty of criticisms of collage as culture, but I don't get why he's so angry about fixies with brakes.
I know! I found that article really interesting, but its inclusion in Adbusters was just... odd.
I haven't read adbusters in a while; so maybe I'm misestimating their aesthetic or agenda.

Still, the author's main argument seems to be : "youth culture is shallow", which is hardly a revolutionary concept.
Yeah, most of that is hyperbole ("We are the last generation") and/or criticism that could be applied to any youth counterculture ("hipsters are sold what they think they invent and are spoon-fed their pre-packaged cultural livelihood.")

This is pretty accurate though:

"Less a subculture, the hipster is a consumer group – using their capital to purchase empty authenticity and rebellion. But the moment a trend, band, sound, style or feeling gains too much exposure, it is suddenly looked upon with disdain. Hipsters cannot afford to maintain any cultural loyalties or affiliations for fear they will lose relevance."

But like you said, hardly revolutionary.
I don't necessarily think that the article is off, but I think it's funny because the folks that write the articles for Adbusters are probably hipsters unto themselves.