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Geeks vs. Hipsters

April 26, 2011 10 comments

Hipsters and geeks are both nominally outsiders, and both often find pleasure in similar things. Indeed, both tend to enjoy that which is “retro”. Yet there seems to be a fundamental difference between the two groups. In order to examine that difference, you first need to look at fashion…

Fashion and fads are, by their very nature, fleeting. We live in a disposable culture where what’s “in” one day is “out” the next—if you’re not playing the game and following the crowd, dahling, then you’re simply never going to make it!

Some people enjoy this pop culture rollercoaster, which is almost a kind of dialogue between producers and consumers. The trick is always to track the crowd’s tastes and both predict and define the trends, which are then dutifully followed by the public at large. It’s a feedback loop that is chaotic on the micro scale yet cyclical on the macro scale.

My personal observation is that fashions go through three phases in a cycle: in-fashion, out-of-fashion and then ironically-in-fashion, before becoming fashionable again. Think about flares for a second, if you don’t agree.

It’s the third phase of fashion where hipsters come in. Read more…

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