Dr. Brooklyn wrote:
Also, it's funny that Dr Brooklyn and WJK seem to be under the impression that Lil Bernie and myself live out in the middle of nowhere.
Where did you get that idea?
Well, it's just that you seemed to specifically mention non Americans. Like "Maybe you don't have hipsters where you
live, but in America
, we do!
". I don't much about Australia, but Canada isn't all that different to the U.S. While Canadians often like to think of themselves as being morally superior to Americans, we're still very influenced by American culture. My point is Canada (specifically Toronto and Montreal) are just as likely to have hipsters as any city in the U.S. And if you go by your rigid criteria, you'd find them in London, Paris, Germany, and other parts of the world.
Dr. Brooklyn wrote:
See? That's why we hate hipsters. They read thigns like Twilight because t's ironic to like something so popular, but then at the same time they hate things that are really popular.
Now I think you guys are just making stuff up. Have you seriously met someone who claimed to like Twilight, albeit ironically? Or are you making another assumption? It's funny you should bring up Twilight, since the forum's Twilight thread is basically a bunch of posts where you guys talk about how lame it is. You would think not liking it would be enough, but that thread is over a thousand posts long. It's so hipster to love to hate Twilight.
Then I go to a party...
From the sounds of that scenario, it could also be a guy who is just really excited about something new he just discovered, even if he wasn't particularly well versed in it. I can talk about how great Alan Moore is, yet I haven't read anything of his besides Watchmen and the first League Of Extraordinary Gentleman. I'm by no means a Moore aficionado, but if asked to talk about Watchmen, one of the only comics of his I've read, I'd go off on how brilliant the book is, and probably gush about Moore himself. But if someone like that was just trying to impress people, you don't have to call them "hipster". The word "asshole" would suffice.
As far as the phenomenon of people claiming to like something before it was popular, this isn't anything new, and it isn't specific to hipsters. As dumb as this will sound, I think people like that are afraid to be seen as being a "newb". Basically, they like something, and enjoy being a part of a little cult of fans. Then, that thing that they enjoy becomes hugely popular, and all of a sudden everyone
starts to love it. They then feel like that makes them less special, somehow. So they feel the need to tell people that they were into this band/tv show/book series before everyone else, just so they can appear to have not just jumped on the bandwagon like everyone else. It's dumb, and insecure, but it's something I've seen in regards to music, and comics, movies, etc.