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The war on hipsters is accelerating

by Brett Stevens
March 30, 2013 –

Taylor Swift

Many don’t see this as a metal topic, but as Cianide would say, “Metal never bends!” What does bend, to trends? The hipster and all other people who think a surface-level view of life is important.

A hipster is someone who leverages all aspects of their personality, art and social group for the kind of invisible magic karma points that “popularity” and “notoriety” confer upon the narcissistic personality. Like cultists, hipsters have shattered self-esteem and seek to compensate by knowing things that other people don’t know, specifically traded in artistic and cultural artifacts that are special — like the hipsters themselves — for being unique, odd, “different,” unconventional, distinctive, etc.

Notice what’s missing in there: realistic, accurate, informative and/or useful.

Hipsters originally shunned metal because metal is by nature a warlike genre. We look past the surface level of life’s drama, expressed dually by individual narcissism and social group zombie hive mind thinking, and instead pay attention to the situation beyond the individual. The heavy stuff: war, death, metaphysics, infinity, disease, history, the occult and the esoteric.

In 2008, Adbusters magazine blew the lid off the rising millennial hipster epidemic by proclaiming hipsters the dead end of Western civilization. An excerpt:

Ever since the Allies bombed the Axis into submission, Western civilization has had a succession of counter-culture movements that have energetically challenged the status quo. Each successive decade of the post-war era has seen it smash social standards, riot and fight to revolutionize every aspect of music, art, government and civil society.

But after punk was plasticized and hip hop lost its impetus for social change, all of the formerly dominant streams of “counter-culture” have merged together. Now, one mutating, trans-Atlantic melting pot of styles, tastes and behavior has come to define the generally indefinable idea of the “Hipster.”

An artificial appropriation of different styles from different eras, the hipster represents the end of Western civilization – a culture lost in the superficiality of its past and unable to create any new meaning. Not only is it unsustainable, it is suicidal. While previous youth movements have challenged the dysfunction and decadence of their elders, today we have the “hipster” – a youth subculture that mirrors the doomed shallowness of mainstream society.

Since that time, the hipster epidemic has only become more pervasive. Famous for being ironic, in order to be unconventional and different, hipsters wander through life making art out of garbage, Instagraming their oddball tastes in food, liveblogging their personal drama, treating their children like press agents for themselves, and generally making society more vapid, plastic, superficial, oblivious, trivial and vain.

Luckily, world leaders and authority figures are stepping in to help out.

First, North Korea is helping by threatening immediate war. But this isn’t a war on the USA. It’s a war on hipsters:

Some Texans, however, suggested the path in fact led 95 miles south to Austin, the state’s capital, and speculated that Mr Kim had taken against the liberal enclave’s young “hipster” population.

North Korea probably doesn’t get a lot of US papers. They probably don’t get too many Americans over there who aren’t credulous tourists or formal State Department types. However, they do get the internet. To them, America is an unending stream of Pinterest, Facebook, Reddit and FourSquare. From their point of view, the US = hipsters. So they’re taking out the real hipster capital of this place, and hope that will kill our culture like an ant mound poisoned with cianide.

From a completely different angle, Taylor Swift is mocking hipsters with her new single, including Instagram-style photographs, ironic hipster classes, and bittersweet lyrics that are poignant through indecision. She is hoping to curry her fanbase, composed of legions of young women with disposable income, to wage war on the hipster. This might succeed even better than Kim Jong-un’s nuclear attack.

And covering the domestic front, Boston’s police department are cracking down on hipster house parties featuring boring two-note pop punk bands with ironic themes about getting lost on life’s highway. Apparently, the officers are impersonating trendy hipsters in order to figure out where the hip ones are congregating in suburban houses, where they and their bad bands and PBR make noise until 4 am, prompting not one but many homeowners to open fire with rusty old weapons from the last real war.

While by themselves none of these seem significant, when added up these commonalities point to one thing: a world-wide backlash against the hipster and its superficial, ironic and selfish ways. As the hipster falls, metal rises, so we’re glad to see this development.

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16 comments

  • TheRipplesofReflection

    It’s been about time for one of these articles.

    Thank you.

    Honestly though, what’s the difference between PBR, Keystone, and Coors? They all taste like water.

    @TheWaters, do you drink any of these beers?

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      1. TheRipplesofReflection

        The Facts:

        Coors Light and Keystone Light are brewed by the same company, Coors Brewing Company.
        Both beers have an Alcohol by Volume of 4.2%.
        Both beers share a similar can if not the exact same can dimensions.
        Coors Light is generally more expensive than Keystone Light.
        Beer Can labels are inked directly onto the can before it is filled, not after.
        The Theories:

        Keystone Light is just Coors Light cans which were dented and then re-branded as the cheaper Keystone Light.
        Keystone Light and Coors Light are the exact same beer just marketed in two different brands.

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      1. Steve Brettens

        Ha ha ha. Oh Mr. Stevens! Please allow me to suggest the following website: http://www.girlschase.com/content/attraction-has-expiration-date . Author is a guy who with a clinical eye of a Zen warrior has observed what works to attract women and what doesn’t. He is no pick-up artist as he would never suggest manipulation as a viable technique to get women; let’s just say that Prozak is to Metal what Chase Amante is to Knowledge about women!

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    1. Brett Stevens Post author

      Yes, but would she agree to do the same for you? Ah, there’s the question. I’d suggest flowers, an advanced degree, and catching her after the next two weeks of dating some Hollywood face who wanted to toss her into bed immediately and scared her off. She’s looking for husband material. So you’re probably going to have to behave, dress well, go to church, etc.

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      1. TheNipplesfReflection

        Stratovarius, I think you need to pay attention, buddy. Being a metalhead just means being part of an anti-social club as opposed to a social one. Adding philosophical pontification to any group of behaviors in a scene or outside of it is like asking the goat why it asked to be chosen as a mascot for evil.

        Now get the fuck out and learn to play a real instrument: critical thinking!

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