I am really NOT in tune with pop culture. I periodically barrage my younger friends (~20yr) with questions of new trends of vocabulary, fashion, TV shows, etc. You know, all that stuff normal people call "entertainment." I was seriously confused about this label that I'm hearing more and more: HIPSTER.
The diagrams show the stereotype.
Apparently hipsters adopt style, lingo, and even attitudes that are anachronistic or noticeably out of mainstream. This may be partly done in order to express their self confidence, as perceived by a readiness to defend their supposedly socially abrasive fashion or habits.
Hipsters, ironically, tend not to refer to themselves as such, and can even take such an accusation as an insult. They tend to be anti-labels, not an opinion exclusive to hipsters, but notably ironic here.
Their urge to adopt this style may be motivated by their observation of others sporting the stereotype. Either consciously or subconsciously recognized, the pursuit of transformation then may be motivated by the desire for the same type of social interactions they observe with others sporting the stereotype.
I'm currently trying to decode the word "Emo" as a fashion or lifestyle stereotype.
Wish me luck!
I feel old.
Hipsters on Wikipedia
Hipsters on Urban Dictionary
Hipsters in Psychology Today
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