Opinion: Hipsters

POSTED: 02/12/13 12:12 PM

Maybe we’re a bit slow on the uptake, but it has finally hit us: the sub culture called hipster. What are hipsters? According to a brief but rather painful description in the culture section of NRC Handelsblad these are the boys and girls between the ages of 16 and 35 that wear silly hats, a nerdy pair of eyeglasses and who posses at least one Apple-product.

The NRC published a humorous video that takes the Mickey out of these hipsters and recommends a (non-existent) medicine called Unpretentiousil to kick the habit.

People who have a beard or an obsession with moustaches, make products at home that are readily available at supermarkets and who put pictures of their food on Instagram are suffering from the hipster-disease, NRC wrote.

Hmm, do we detect a trace of jealousy here? The video the newspaper posted is funny and holds up a mirror to all those hipsters who think that they are different that everybody else. The question NRC has: how different are you if you are doing exactly the same thing as all those other dissidents?

Maybe those guys at the NRC forgot something: herd instinct is of all times. We have seen this throughout the ages. When a celebrity adopts a certain hair style, or decides that tattoos, piercings or not wearing underpants is the hip thing to do, thousands of mindless followers suddenly get the same urge.

The desire to be different not only from our parents, but also from our neighbors, colleagues and fellow-countrymen and women has inspired generations to do the most silly things – from drilling a hole in one’s forehead (LSD-guru Timothy Leary) to getting on stage with live snakes (Alice Cooper) and doing everything to become a country’s most famous drug addict (Herman Brood). In the end it all adds up to nothing. If you stand still long enough, sooner or later you’ll find out that you are among the avant-garde once more.

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