You know there’s something seriously wrong with a generation when most of us don’t want to admit what we basically just are. Whether extreme or moderate, hippies were proud of being hippies, punks were proud of being punks, but hipsters?! Well how very dare you call us hipsters!
A French ex-pat living in New York who was admittedly kind of late on picking up on the whole hipster thing, presents a fresh perspective on finding out the meaning of it all. Most interesting part: when a professor at Columbia University speculates on the origin of the word hipster coming either from hepatitis for its early association with recreational drug use or, much more complimentary, from hepocat– an African word for someone with eyes wide open.
Take a look …
[vimeo http://vimeo.com/41264640 w=600&h=450]
It would appear we are a generation of self-loathers. And also that being French automatically makes you a hipster in America.
P.S. At the 2min40s mark: if you’re insulted bBeijing called a hipster, then you sir are a hipster.