Who Are Hipsters?

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Originally, the term “hipster” referred to “a black subculture figure of the late 1940s” (Grief 7), and transitioned to, “The White Negro” (Grief 7) who listens to Jazz in the 1950s. This term went through many phases and transitions as time progressed. Dick Hebdige states, “Subcultures represent ‘noise’ (as opposed to sound): interference in the orderly sequence which leads from real events and phenomena to their representation in the media” (Hebdige 90). In the past the hipsters were localized and apart of a subculture; however, now, my perception of hipsters has developed to more of a worldwide “imagined community” with many localized subcultures within. Not only did the structure of their community transition, the characteristics of…show more content…
More so, my version of the hipster thinks that hipsters listen to music that has, “real meaning not something about break-ups…I’m tired of those,” as one I perceived as hipster expressed. In addition, art was something that hipsters agreed is associated with most hipsters’ interests. However being an art major or having an interest in art does not make someone hipster, someone I perceived as hipster said, “it is just a generalization that hipsters like art.” Other signs to help distinguish potential hipsters are their race and ethnicity and their gender. I think hipsters’ race, gender, and ethnicity are generalized to be predominantly white Caucasian males, according to the mainstream. When asking individuals I thought of as hipsters what race and gender is associated with being hipster, they responded that hipsters could be any race, gender, or ethnicity. They did eventually admit that hipsters are predominantly male, but there are many female hipsters. However as far as race and ethnicity, the people I acknowledged as hipster were convinced that there is no predominate race and ethnicity that describes a hipster, “They could be any race or ethnicity and they are,” said one that looked hipster. The atmospheres in which other mainstream cultured people and I think hipsters
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