Hipster Culture Dilemma
Facets of a culture does not only belong to a certain group
Published: Monday, December 9, 2013
Updated: Monday, December 9, 2013 14:12
Today it seems that hipsters create a society all on their own by conveying the definition of a hipster and by buying certain style clothing, listening to a certain kind of music, reading a certain type of magazine.
Hipsters, according to the Urban Dictionary are “a subculture of men and women typically in their 20s or 30s that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence and witty banter.”
After a few conversations with neutral people, I have come up with a few things about the hipster subculture in the world and find them very conflicting with my own feelings on this strange social group.
I often get called a hipster simply because I like vintage things like vinyl records, reading and certain coffee houses. I am very particular about what music I listen to, but I don’t feel I fit in well with this category/stereotype of people, as funny as that may sound.
I don’t wear certain leather boots, particular styles of scarves or listen to indie-rock. I have a hard time establishing if that is a compliment or a complete and utter insult to be called a hipster. Given the generalization of hipsters being sheep in the herd as well as pretentious in their demeanor and labeled in their clothing, I also feel they aren’t the only group of people that appreciate a certain art or music, style or expression of ideas.
I’m not sitting here typing this article out of hate, but more out of confusion and disarray for this subculture, and I surely don’t mean to degrade or disregard anyone by any means. But why stick to a certain criteria and feel that one is different from the majority, when one is conforming to certain suburbia?
What has become so bothersome to me in being called a hipster is that it isn’t that no one else appreciates art, indie-music, vinyl records, tapes, leather boots and everything else that “hipsters” like. There are so many people in the world that appreciate just those things and much more, but they don’t feel the need to dress the part and snub anyone that uses a different kind of toilet paper.
Why limit yourself to just one group of people to hang out with or choose ONE certain coffee shop because it’s “hip” or a certain style of music? It seems very limiting to personal growth and experience in life; it’s like an upgraded high-school story and situation. Only certain people hang out at certain places and with particular people. But, seems to work for some people, and I can’t wrap my head around it. I guess I also wouldn’t hang around places I would be uncomfortable being at. I do try new things to gain that experience and understanding.
To be an individual and to be unique and different isn’t a hard task with it already programmed in our brains with personality traits. The groups of hipsters seem to try too hard at being unique and individual when they already are.
Suzy is a junior majoring in music.