“Hipster: The Dead End of Western Civilization”
WARNING: This (scathing and astute) Adbusters piece on Hipster culture will likely be offensive and/or depression-inducing to the majority of our readership. Do not read while intoxicated, on a high ledge, or wearing flannel.
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 any new meaning. Not only is it unsustainable, it is suicidal. While previous youth movements have challenged the dysfunction and decadence of their elders, today we have the “hipster” – a youth subculture that mirrors the doomed shallowness of mainstream society.