Hipster

Hipster by JulPer
Hipster, a photo by JulPer on Flickr.

Hipsters (also scenesters) are a subculture of young, recently settled urban middle class adults and older teenagers with musical interests mainly in indie rock that appears in the 1990s. Other interests in media would include independent film, magazines such as Vice and Clash, and websites like Pitchfork Media.

Hipster culture has been described as a “mutating, trans-Atlantic melting pot of styles, tastes and behavior[s].” Christian Lorentzen of Time Out New York argues that “hipsterism fetishizes the authentic” elements of all of the “fringe movements of the postwar era—beat, hippie, punk, even grunge,” and draws on the “cultural stores of every unmelted ethnicity,” and “regurgitates it with a winking inauthenticity.”
Others, like Arsel and Thompson, argue that hipster signifies a cultural mythology, a crystallization of a mass-mediated stereotype generated to understand, categorize, and marketize indie consumer culture, rather than an objectified group of people.

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