Find yourself grappling for a definition when your parents and friends from home ask what exactly are those hipsters that you love to mock and/or emulate? Time handily explains the phenomenon for you:
The word would fade for years until it was reborn in the early ’90s, used again to describe a generation of middle-class youths interested in an alternative art and music scene. But instead of creating a culture of their own, hipsters proved content to borrow from trends long past. Take your grandmother’s sweater and Bob Dylan’s Wayfarers, add jean shorts, Converse All-Stars and a can of Pabst and bam — hipster.
Awkward. But some definitions hit a bit too close to home:
In 2003, author Robert Lanham wrote The Hipster Handbook, trying to codify the rules to hipsterdom, like “You graduated from a liberal arts school whose football team hasn’t won a game since the Reagan administration”
Now that Time magazine has caught on, is hipster culture now officially dead? Discuss.
[via Brooklyn Vegan]