Not long ago I was referred to as a “hipster” in conversation by a schoolmate. I was confused and taken aback initially. This had happened once or twice before. I had assumed it to be a silly mistake and didn’t give it much thought, but this time I had to get to the bottom of it. Just what exactly is a hipster?
Wikipedia defines hipsters as “a subculture of young… urban middle class adults and older teenagers… associated with independent music, a varied non-mainstream fashion sensibility, liberal… political views, alternative spirituality… and alternative lifestyles.”
“Hipsters” are associated with indie-rock, independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics and rejection of social norms. Urban Dictionary uses words like “edgy” and “non-traditional” to describe hipsters. With descriptions like that my confusion became quickly intermingled with concern and even resentment. I would consider myself to be at the far opposite end of the cultural spectrum. I resolved to…
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