Who Are Hipsters? Essay

1777 words - 7 pages

Originally, the term “hipster” referred to “a black subculture figure of the late 1940s” (Grief 7), and transitioned to, “The White Negro” (Grief 7) who listens to Jazz in the 1950s. This term went through many phases and transitions as time progressed. Dick Hebdige states, “Subcultures represent ‘noise’ (as opposed to sound): interference in the orderly sequence which leads from real events and phenomena to their representation in the media” (Hebdige 90). In the past the hipsters were localized and apart of a subculture; however, now, my perception of hipsters has developed to more of a worldwide “imagined community” with many localized subcultures within. Not only did the structure of their community transition, the characteristics of the hipsters have also progressed because, as Gertrude Stein says, “Each generation has something different at which they are looking at.” (Stein). As with any subculture, there are signs and signifiers that distinguish a subculture, these signs and signifiers correspond to the style and mindsets of that subculture respectively. The mainstream culture thinks of “hipsterism” as more of a style than a mindset when asked to define a hipster, while the people that I perceive as hipsters think of “hipsterism” as one hipster stated, “more of an attitude than a style.”
A sign of being hipster can be interest in art and in certain genres of music that they listen to; these genres include folk, indie rock, and jazz. Normative people are not as quickly to judge someone as hipster when they find out someone listens to non-normative music or is interested in art. Hipsters are associated with having a degree in some type of art field. When visiting so-called hipster cafés, the music that was playing was more rhythm and blues than any other genre. The individuals I recognized as hipsters did not think the music playing, rhythm and blues, was hipster music, however when asked what hipsters listened to they could not come up with a reasonable genre, they said that hipsters do not listen to a specific genre. More so, my version of the hipster thinks that hipsters listen to music that has, “real meaning not something about break-ups…I’m tired of those,” as one I perceived as hipster expressed. In addition, art was something that hipsters agreed is associated with most hipsters’ interests. However being an art major or having an interest in art does not make someone hipster, someone I perceived as hipster said, “it is just a generalization that hipsters like art.”
Other signs to help distinguish potential hipsters are their race and ethnicity and their gender. I think hipsters’ race, gender, and ethnicity are generalized to be predominantly white Caucasian males, according to the mainstream. When asking individuals I thought of as hipsters what race and gender is associated with being hipster, they responded that hipsters could be any race, gender, or ethnicity. They did eventually admit that hipsters are predominantly male, but...

Find Another Essay On Who Are Hipsters?

Need A Friend? Essay

931 words - 4 pages escape ads in the 21st century the stakes are high to make your ad stand out above the noise. We (humans) tend to block out a lot of what is thrown at us, this intentional blindness makes getting through the daily morass possible. So how do you reach that person who has learned how to tune you out? Manipulation in one form or another. With the science behind it, advertisers can have a laser focus on the exact demographic they want to reach and

Learning Self Respect Essay

576 words - 2 pages teens are not only beginning sexual activity a year later than our teens, on an average, the reason for their better health seems to me fairly obvious better mental health. These teens are being groomed with self-respect from a very young age. In the Netherlands, I am struck by the honesty and integrity of parents and educators who believe that if a child is old enough to ask a question, he is old enough to get an answer. While these answers are

Requirements for Successful Pyschological Manipulation

1105 words - 4 pages can’t escape ads in the 21st century the stakes are high to make your ad stand out above the noise. We (humans) tend to block out a lot of what is thrown at us; this intentional blindness makes getting through the daily morass possible. So how do you reach that person who has learned how to tune you out? Manipulation, in one form or another. With the science behind it, advertisers can have a laser focus on the exact demographic they want to

Sex and Violence Sells

1185 words - 5 pages viewed films simply to see just how grotesque they could possibly be, but it didn’t matter to directors—a ticket sale was a ticket sale. Exploitation didn’t end with the rise of the blockbuster film. Even today we see forms of the exploitation film that are immensely popular with audiences. The Evil Dead remake was one of the most popular films of 2013, despite the fact that it featured hipsters being slaughtered in grotesque ways. Yes, I was

Conformity vs. Individualism

2744 words - 11 pages . According to Natalie Lue, author of Build Your Self-Esteem, this is one huge contributing factor of why people bully others who are different. “When person claims that you’re ‘doing’ you wrong, they hold beliefs that people ‘should’ be the same as them, or that they should at the very least be and do things that don’t rattle their outlook. They feel threatened by differences and may even perceive you being different or being reluctant to conform

Different Styles of Fashion

1556 words - 7 pages likely be found at. www.kidzworld.com Hipsters are old but yet there styles still linger around today. Hipster style is basically all old and outworn things. The male hipster wears a lot of skinny jeans even more than the female would. The females like there leggings better because they can move easier and what they call mom jeans which is high up on the waist. Where you see most hipsters get their clothing is at vintage stores. They get them

Advertising Age

2324 words - 9 pages target markets of contemporary advertising: the young, rich, and free hipsters. They rebel against societal norms, against mainstream brands, music, behavior. At the same time, by not maintaining any loyalty to a certain type of lifestyle, they are easily manipulated by all kinds of ads. With their capital they purchase “empty authenticity and rebellion.” Having such characteristics, “hipsterdom” presents a powerful argument in support of

The Political Suffering of the Forties and Fifties Demonstrated in the Poem Howl by Ginsberg

1751 words - 8 pages racism and inevitably the Civil Rights Movement that was beginning in the United States2. Ginsberg goes on to describe his generation as “angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly / connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night”2. These ‘angel headed hipsters’ are the beats who are looking for a new connection to spirituality. They are impeded by the ‘machinery of night’, this machinery is a metaphor for the industry of the

The Sting of the Christian

1039 words - 5 pages treated The universal laws of God, don't look too far it's right here, us human beings The spirits right here and I don't have to see it” (Haggerty) More and more often I see Christians who are nothing like Christ, and my previous school, HCA, provides prefect examples of this. The dialogue at the beginning of this piece portrays well what I’m about to get in to. Most of the conversations at my Christian school were gossip about other students. Things

Canning: A Non-Hierarchical and Democratic, but Trendy, Hobby

976 words - 4 pages amongst a younger cohort, and mentions how “hipsters are hosting pickling parties with their friends” (Globe and Mail). Throughout the United States, canning classes are “seeing skyrocketing enrolments” (Wall Street Journal). Overall, there exists a “shifting demographic” in relation to canning and other traditional methods of relating to food (Toronto Star). Canning can seem like a trendy—even snobby—activity of distinction due to various

Ginsberg’s affinities with Whitman

1016 words - 5 pages was it led toward life" (Whitman line…. )He finds the Devine power in nature and everything around him rather that in the altar of a church, which can be seen as rather pagan believe. The human soul in Whitman is immortal but in Ginsberg's “Howl” even if the soul manages to liberate itself it is to be crucified in an abyss. In his work he mixes different religious views but does not favor anyone of them in particular. Hipsters are portrayed as

Similar Essays

Modern Day Hipsters Essay

896 words - 4 pages hipsters are extremely different from the 1940s hepsters, which was what they were called back then, but they have influenced the music that is listened to now and the fashion styles that are worn today. Hipsters all started out in the 1940s when jazz was just starting off. “Early jazz musicians used “hep” for anyone who was in the know” about the culture that was the beginning of something new (Faulkner). The fans of jazz were known as hepcats

For Whom The Bell Tolls By Ernest Hemingway

2107 words - 8 pages who are associated with being ghetto or ‘gangsta’; the preppies who value fashion through branded wear; and finally, the subculture which seems to be increasing in popularity, both hate and love – the hipsters who embraces a lifestyle of independent music labels, vintage clothing and artisanal coffee. (Urban Dictionary, n.d., para. 1) But before anything else, where did hipsters come from? Tracing back to a time when the Second World War took

One Man's Trash Is Another's Guilty Pleasure

949 words - 4 pages pretentious breeds of hipster, I would conclude that hipsters are very good people. According to the requirements, I fit quite well into the hipster category. I share a hobby with the hipsters. Records, or “vinyls,” as they are referred to in hipster jargon (which has infiltrated my vernacular as well) have become something that I absolutely adore. Is this association negative? Labels should not carry as much weight as they do, but I find

Society, The Social Plague Essay

1118 words - 5 pages , they automatically feel belittled and turn to self-destruction, which can be in many forms such as: depression, anorexia, and, in the worst case scenario, suicide. Society creates these “unwritten rules” that we all feel obligated to follow, because nobody likes to be the outcast. No matter who you are, it’s always best to feel included. As of now, hipsters are very popular in the adolescent era. Hipsters began as people who didn’t care what