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Jul 30, 2009, 10:55AM

Time Magazine tells us about hipsters

Because of course, who better than Time magazine, a publication that hasn't been edgy since the Hoover administration.

Hipsters are the friends who sneer when you cop to liking Coldplay. They're the people who wear T-shirts silk-screened with quotes from movies you've never heard of and the only ones in America who still think Pabst Blue Ribbon is a good beer. They sport cowboy hats and berets and think Kanye West stole their sunglasses. Everything about them is exactingly constructed to give off the vibe that they just don't care.Annoying, yes, but harmless, right? Not to hear their critics tell it. Hipsters manage to attract a loathing unique in its intensity. Critics have described the loosely defined group as smug/opinion/lisa-pryor/2008/10/24/1224351538147.html" target="_blank">full of contradictions and, ultimately, the dead end of Western civilization.

  • Great line about Time not being "edgy" since the Hoover admin. And that's no exaggeration, either: when Time started in the mid-1920's it had a New Yorker sort of good-natured snide feel, but then Henry Luce's co-founded croaked and the magazine almost immediately lost any sense of humor.

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  • Ouch. Is this article even relevant? So hipsters are the "tune out" sub-culture of the upwardly mobile sector of our nation today. The faces have changed but the names are the same. And every article about hipsters centers around Williamsburg. Fine. So why, with so many freelance writers living in Williamsburg, does Time have to hire someone from outside? I guess they just wanted a Wikki-hipster sweeping story with a jab at the end about how nobody will care when their neighborhood is outpriced by gentrification. May I remind you that it's the artists and "hipsters" who, short on cash, chose to live in the worst sectors of the city because they are the cheapest? Eventually they clean up their new home, clean up the sidewalks, put up some public art and open art studios and gathering spaces for themselves and their neighbors. Then their counterparts, the preppies with more money, choose to gentrify the area and build condos next door and price out the hipsters. And who doesn't care? The new trust fund neighbors. But yea, I don't really care about hipsters as a label, but the individuals that they are can be pretty cool.

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