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Hippo by Mikel Arrizabalaga

  • The Death of the Hipster [marginalutilitymirror]

“The problem with hipsters seems to me the way in which they reduce the particularity of anything you might be curious about or invested in into the same dreary common denominator of how “cool” it is perceived to be. Everything becomes just another signifier of personal identity. Thus hipsterism forces on us a sense of the burden of identity, of constantly having to curate it if only to avoid seeming like a hipster. But are there hipsters, actual hipsters, or just a pervasive fear of hipsters? Hipster hatred may actually precede hipsters themselves. Maybe that collective fear and contempt conjures them into being, just as the Red Scare saw communists everywhere, or how the Stasi made spies of everyone. Late capitalism makes us all fear being hipsters and thus makes us all into one, to some degree.”

“‘You are lucky,’ you are told. But with this luck comes a responsibility: that you promise to do something good with it. An anonymous millionaire is currently putting people to the test by handing out £1000 to those he randomly encounters. The Sunday Telegraph spent the day with him whilst he paced the streets of London hunting for 10 lucky recipients.”

“While consumerism relies upon our being just as fickle as the sartorial seasons, the history of fashion suggests at least one consistency: that a garment once considered “casual” will eventually be thought of as “smart-casual”, then as “businessware”, and finally as something in which one could reasonably expect to be sued or buried.”

“Diseases caused by contact with fecal matter are the largest killer of children in the world. The problem: Not enough toilets. The solutions, as you can see in this infographic, are not so simple.”

“One year ago up-and-coming reporter Jose Antonio Vargas revealed to the country he is here illegally… he speaks for the first time about the price he paid, the controversy he caused, and why figures like Mark Zuckerberg and Aaron Sorkin rallied to his aid.”

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