Why It's So Easy To Hate Hipsters
Some friends of mine have a new roommate, and upon meeting him, and his pencil-goatee, for the first time I was subjected to a full hour-long pontification about various things "Hipster" and why they are the greatest.
I heard all about how growing bizarre facial hair is a way to empower your own sense of individuality through an expression of self-aware narcissism - there might have been some Irony thrown in there too, and how people who thought you looked ridiculous were just “sheeple”.
I heard about how the world is doomed as long as we all still eat meat and the only way to save us all is for everyone to start growing their own food. Which is [cough] totally viable in Canada... I even got an earful about how much better fixed gear bikes are when compared to bikes with multiple gears God help you if you own a car. Last but not least, I was treated to nothing short of a vicious, yet meandering rant directed against the music industry, sell-out bands, why albums were so much better than any other method of storing music, and of course how awesome these bands he was currently listening to were, but I probably hadn't heard of them.
No one likes being preached at when they didn't ask for it, and I left that night really, really disliking that condescending little Hipster. The whole thing got me thinking about the whole Hipster phenomenon, and I couldn't help but wonder how it's become such a despised and belittled group. I think I figured it out, though.
Below is a short list of the reasons I came up with.Continued on the next page