After hipsters, there will be more hipsters

Andrew Sullivan has a post about “what subculture will follow hipsters.” My prediction is “more hipsters.” Cultural trends have a funny way of beginning long before they began, and not ending until long after they’re over. Whenever I watch movies from the 90′s, I’m always struck by how much the 90′s looked like the 80′s. Yet hipsterism itself was already getting going in the 90′s. Just listen to “La Vie Boheme” from the musical Rent (first performed in 1994), an ode to hipsterism before anyone was using the word that way.

Another reason hipsters aren’t going away is that the logic of hipsterism isn’t going away. Call it “counter-signaling,” call it “conspicuous outrage,” there will always be people who go out of their way to reject the mainstream as a way of showing they’re better than the mainstream.

Also, the idea (found in some of the people Sullivan quotes) that political consciousnesses will replace consumerism as hipsterism goes out the door is a contradiction in terms. Hipsterism is all about being conspicuously politically conscious, conspicuously anti-consumerism. See Stuff White People Like on non-profits, awareness, The Daily Show, etc.

  • Lou Doench

    I fell asleep at “Andrew Sulliv….”, wake me up when anyone can point out why anyone should give a flying fig what that hack thinks.

    • Chris Hallquist

      These days, mainly because I often find his wrongness is a good jumping-off point for me to say interesting things.

      • Lou Doench

        My inner Driftglass forgives you then…;)

  • Dave M
    • Chris Hallquist

      Not clear to me how much 40s hipsters have in common with 00s hipsters, but maybe.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Hey, I was unhip before unhip was cool.

  • eric

    I know what subculture will follow hipsters, but it’s really obscure, you wouldn’t have heard of it.

    • WMDKitty


      I see what you did there.

  • LeeRoyDiggler

    The term “Hipster” is so derivative at this point, I am confused as to what it means. Mostly the people I see referred as “hipsters” wear skinny jeans, stylish glasses and are into nerd culture.

    • andyman409

      Most of the hipsters I know are also really into violent anime and dubstep. And Jaggerbombs :)

  • WMDKitty

    Why not? We still have Hippies, no?

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