February 3, 2023

What Do You Think?

From Gawker

“We are a lost generation, desperately clinging to anything that feels real, but too afraid to become it ourselves. We are a defeated generation, resigned to the hypocrisy of those before us, who once sang songs of rebellion and now sell them back to us. We are the last generation, a culmination of all previous things, destroyed by the vapidity that surrounds us. The hipster represents the end of Western civilization √¢‚Ǩ‚Äú a culture so detached and disconnected that it has stopped giving birth to anything new.”

I would like to get some of our readers thoughts on this statement. If anyone has time to comment on something non-graff related. Just curious to hear what others think. Please post!

3 thoughts on “What Do You Think?

  1. Not in defense of specifically those who are hip. But in defense of a collective generation:

    There are ways that this is true, and ways that it is not (generalizing and stereotyping is a dangerous and precarious peak). What they’re talking about is essentially still youth culture, and despite sylistic trends and media trends our generation is very much invested in creating new things. And because everyone of us is disillusioned doesn’t necessarily mean we give up. Yea idiots buy into fads and shit like that, but every generation has had those individuals. We also have the ability to create art and share ideas faster than ever before, so our culture automatically chews trends up and spits them out faster than ever before.
    I just dont buy that it means we’ve all given up. I think maybe its more focused on the individual now-less collective rising up, and it being more individual makes sense, each person has to muddle trough all the bullshit and pick and choose (always with a grain of salt) what s/he wants to stand for.
    Thats partly a reaction to the problem so many group movements have had,
    they die put, they fade out, its hard to unite people for common demands
    because each person is unique and is represented by many pieces of many different social movements.

    I think now its a matter of the individual choosing what s/he wants to stand up for uniquely. And FUCK NO-we have not stopped creating.

  2. I think there’s plenty of “new” music or somewhat original music out there, but it is released and consumed so fast because of all of the new media outlets for music that it loses its place in modern relevance because there is always something newer and more trendy around the corner. The true music fans who identify with the music will keep listening if it moves them, other people will just try to stick with the trends and what is on the cutting edge and hop on the band wagon for a minute or two before finding the next thing other people are saying is cool. Some people need to hear what is “cool” before they listen to it or even consider forming their own opinion on it because God forbid they think something is cool that the hipsters aren’t into. God forbid they have their own musical taste, personal style, etc… It’s too hard to have any single relevant musical movement anymore within our generation because it’s all moving too fast. Any music that seems like it’s groundbreaking is celebrated for a little while, and then thrown by the wayside and disregarded when too many people know about it and when something else comes along. If everyone recognizes this and tries to reach their own potential and recognizes they are individuals, more positive would come from it and “fitting in” won’t matter at all because if you make your own way, people respect that and the right people will enter your social circle and the closer you will be to starting your own movement or making your own positive “ripple” in the world.

    on another note:
    Hipsters to me just seem like sheep and they’re into that collective identity, but what the fuck are they trying to do besides dress up for shows and name-drop bands? I’m not trying to hate on hipsters, just venting and trying to understand what is going on…It doesn’t seem like any of them are standing up for any social cause, they just put their bandanas around their necks and their $2.00 aviator sunglasses on and take pictures of each other looking cool so they can post them on facebook or myspace. The ones who aren’t into art,music, or film will most likely land desk jobs and lose the identity that was never really there’s at all. Expression for the sake of art and expression, not vanity!

  3. It has strong points. Overall i think it sounds alot like something previous generations used to say themselves. Perhaps not word for word, but the theme is there. Yes hipsters suck, but life is really short so if they’re happy let em be.

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