Comments on: Instant Hipster: Just add PBR /2011/11/08/instant-hipster-just-add-pbr/ Identity, society and work in the age of perpetual connectivity Thu, 21 Feb 2013 22:21:04 +0000 hourly 1 By: Sophy Bot /2011/11/08/instant-hipster-just-add-pbr/#comment-36 Sophy Bot Tue, 20 Dec 2011 21:17:08 +0000 /?p=422#comment-36 @Lewis Kelly Ah, that explains it. Thanks for clarifying. I found all of these photos by doing a search of CC-licensed Flickr images for the tag "hipster." I was essentially looking for any photos labeling people as hipsters based on appearance alone, particularly those that contained any of the identity markers associated with hipsters - in this case, PBR. @Lewis Kelly
Ah, that explains it. Thanks for clarifying. I found all of these photos by doing a search of CC-licensed Flickr images for the tag “hipster.” I was essentially looking for any photos labeling people as hipsters based on appearance alone, particularly those that contained any of the identity markers associated with hipsters – in this case, PBR.

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By: Lewis Kelly /2011/11/08/instant-hipster-just-add-pbr/#comment-35 Lewis Kelly Tue, 20 Dec 2011 04:03:51 +0000 /?p=422#comment-35 Not that it matters hugely, but the "Caught Pabst-Handed" photo was a joke. The individual in the frame was my roommate at the time. He'd often poke fun at my hipster-ish tendencies, so when I saw him drinking PBR at a show one night, I took a picture and sent it to our mutual friends. Also, I'm curious: how'd you find the picture? Not that it matters hugely, but the “Caught Pabst-Handed” photo was a joke. The individual in the frame was my roommate at the time. He’d often poke fun at my hipster-ish tendencies, so when I saw him drinking PBR at a show one night, I took a picture and sent it to our mutual friends.

Also, I’m curious: how’d you find the picture?

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By: Sophy Bot /2011/11/08/instant-hipster-just-add-pbr/#comment-23 Sophy Bot Wed, 09 Nov 2011 22:18:49 +0000 /?p=422#comment-23 Interesting take, Pablo. I think the classically cool hipster had to do with rarity and obscurity. For instance, finding the newest record by a given band took dedication in both finding out about it and tracking it down. Being casually cool was impossible, as the cultural markers of hip were hard to come by and took dedication to do so. Your average Joe didn't find out about cool things because he wasn't part of "cool" conversations (i.e. your average Joe didn't run with the in crowd). Nowadays, rarity is becoming an obsolete concept. Anybody can find anything online, and hear about it just as easily. The pursuit factor is gone, thereby changing the very meaning of what it means to be cool/hip. Here's an interesting article that discusses similar concepts: http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/music_box/2011/04/lester_bangs_basement.html Interesting take, Pablo. I think the classically cool hipster had to do with rarity and obscurity. For instance, finding the newest record by a given band took dedication in both finding out about it and tracking it down. Being casually cool was impossible, as the cultural markers of hip were hard to come by and took dedication to do so. Your average Joe didn’t find out about cool things because he wasn’t part of “cool” conversations (i.e. your average Joe didn’t run with the in crowd). Nowadays, rarity is becoming an obsolete concept. Anybody can find anything online, and hear about it just as easily. The pursuit factor is gone, thereby changing the very meaning of what it means to be cool/hip. Here’s an interesting article that discusses similar concepts: http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/music_box/2011/04/lester_bangs_basement.html

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By: Pablo /2011/11/08/instant-hipster-just-add-pbr/#comment-21 Pablo Tue, 08 Nov 2011 02:24:52 +0000 /?p=422#comment-21 Its a shame that the term Hipster has become used to describe such a broad demographic. I think it just became a Lazy way of going about trying to put a face to a sudden unprecedented growth of people whom started dressing in a retro fashion, rather than any type of substance attained through life experience. When I reflect on the term "hipster" I am reminded of the various elitist individuals whom ran in impenetrable cliques, and seemed to have been enlightened by their esoteric knowledge of what was cool, and obscure. When the "Norms" caught wind of what they were missing out if, they had already fallen so far behind in attaining such a title, that they no longer thought it worth the time to go rummaging through thrift store record bins, and read science fiction novels. They felt the sure way to break through into the sought-after realm of "hipsterdom" was to don the appropriate garb, and begin with the in-depth research needed to understand the poses and gesticulations, even mimicking such vocal idiosyncratic modulus ways of the true hipsters out there. Much to the surprise of the true hipsters, the had suddenly lost their sway in the ramparts of the pseudo-hipster flood that washed away any true value that was once held as a high art form among what we once called the Individual. the law of diminishing returns set in. suddenly the Term hipster began to broaden its definition, which was already vague to begin with, with a bunch of restless kids whom wanted to have more than what they were willing to attain through exhaustive hours listening to horrible music, reading horrible books, so that they could discern between what was great, and what was not. it was this pursuit of knowledge and enlightenment that were the devices that the true hipster had built their reputation upon. One does not become a hipster because they own a few David Bowie albums, or because they have a few Frank Herbert books lying around their bedroom floor. Though, to know a true hipster, you have to be willing to rummage through the entanglement of information that they are willing to divulge, which can be a tiring pursuit in itself. Hence, the conundrum we now find ourselves in. I feel it more important to find the true hipsters in the vast seas of faux-coolness, rather than try and define what classifies a hipster. where are you, my true hipster of lore. Reclaim your fame! Its a shame that the term Hipster has become used to describe such a broad demographic. I think it just became a Lazy way of going about trying to put a face to a sudden unprecedented growth of people whom started dressing in a retro fashion, rather than any type of substance attained through life experience. When I reflect on the term “hipster” I am reminded of the various elitist individuals whom ran in impenetrable cliques, and seemed to have been enlightened by their esoteric knowledge of what was cool, and obscure. When the “Norms” caught wind of what they were missing out if, they had already fallen so far behind in attaining such a title, that they no longer thought it worth the time to go rummaging through thrift store record bins, and read science fiction novels. They felt the sure way to break through into the sought-after realm of “hipsterdom” was to don the appropriate garb, and begin with the in-depth research needed to understand the poses and gesticulations, even mimicking such vocal idiosyncratic modulus ways of the true hipsters out there.

Much to the surprise of the true hipsters, the had suddenly lost their sway in the ramparts of the pseudo-hipster flood that washed away any true value that was once held as a high art form among what we once called the Individual.

the law of diminishing returns set in. suddenly the Term hipster began to broaden its definition, which was already vague to begin with, with a bunch of restless kids whom wanted to have more than what they were willing to attain through exhaustive hours listening to horrible music, reading horrible books, so that they could discern between what was great, and what was not. it was this pursuit of knowledge and enlightenment that were the devices that the true hipster had built their reputation upon. One does not become a hipster because they own a few David Bowie albums, or because they have a few Frank Herbert books lying around their bedroom floor. Though, to know a true hipster, you have to be willing to rummage through the entanglement of information that they are willing to divulge, which can be a tiring pursuit in itself. Hence, the conundrum we now find ourselves in. I feel it more important to find the true hipsters in the vast seas of faux-coolness, rather than try and define what classifies a hipster. where are you, my true hipster of lore. Reclaim your fame!

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