Once again, your humble correspondent was ahead of the curve. I was over-analyzing Hipsterism before it was cool.
The serious folks at Forbes magazine have declared that hipsterism is a serious cultural problem and even mines capitalism and class as a way to understand anti-hipster discourse.
Yes, that’s right, “anti-hipster discourse.”
Say it with me folks: Anti-Hipster is just a code word for Anti-White.
[Rand] Paul similarly warned against the GOP’s being “the party of white people,” but he also called for outreach to people “with tattoos,” “ponytails,” and “beards.”
he appreciates the irony in trying to pitch a crash hipster outreach program to a GOP already mocked as the party of white people. Nobody, after all, is whiter than a white hipster.
But this is the point! Republicans only seem to be the party of white people. It’s more accurate to say — as harsher, sometimes unfair critics do — that they’re the party of people who think of themselves as more or less the surviving holdouts of “Real America.” A lot of those people are white. But their whiteness is implicated in their sense of Real America in far more complex ways than is often acknowledged. Hipsters help us grasp this. For a “real conservative,” a stereotypical hipster is a poster child for what’s wrong with America, even though the stereotypical hipster hasn’t run afoul of conservative criticism by trying to reject their white identity and indulge in multicultural cultural politics. (That was so ’90s.)
Heightening the challenge, meanwhile, is the difficulty that so many people are having defining hipsters, period. Though we have tried, it’s proven far more difficult to mock and pigeonhole hipsters than, say, goths. (Hipsters seem paradoxically connected to extreme coolness and extreme loserdom at the same time.) That makes hipsters a cultural problem, all the more annoying given how annoying hipsters are supposed to be in the first place. And as a cultural problem, hipsters are right now the primary target for writers and commentators playing cultural politics.