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Old 04-30-2013, 09:38 AM
 
Location: SW FL
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I understand that the hipster "epidemic" has been occurring across the us over the past decade or so. The purpose of this thread is not to deny or promote that claim but rather to question the degree of this so called "epidemic." I am curious about this because while others bemoan about how hipsters are infesting their neighborhood and causing gentrification, others (myself included) very very rarely encounter these types of people.
I am eighteen years old and currently live in south Florida, and, like I said, I barely run into anyone that doesn't fit into generic south florida stereotypes, especially in my age group. I would venture to guess that people from other areas have had a similar experience with their demographic, even in major metro areas. While people talk about hipsters being prevelant in New York, I must say that through my limited experience of traveling to the city and attending music venues, I have seen a few hipsters but also a fair amount of bros, preppy girls, etc. I was wondering what the local perspective was on this topic because I obviously cannot speak for the area. Furthermore, my theory is that the hipsters that do exist are very clear about their preference and have a very distinct style, which makes their presence seem more prevelant. I think the actual ratio of hipsters to other types of people is low, but the people who do identify as hipsters tend to draw attention to themselves. What are your thoughts and opinions on this issue? Also, an interesting question would be how the hipster factor in the us compares to other continents such Europe, South America, etc.

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Old 04-30-2013, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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It is not healthy to hate people just because they are different than you.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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There is no hipster epidemic. I think that's just the go-to word for any young urbanite that is different yet somehow threatening to the people making the claim.

I think a lot of young people are just living their lives as inexpensively, comfortably and exciting as they can while not feeding or even avoiding "the system". At least that's what I'm doing.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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I don't see many hipster types being attracted to southern Florida. in my experience they tend to stick to more northern cities than southern. I suppose that goes along with northern cities being more liberal in general as well.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:47 AM
 
Location: SW FL
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It is not healthy to hate people just because they are different than you.
Are you accusing me of this?
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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The term epidemic has a strongly negative connotation. It is usually reserved for diseases and social ills.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:26 AM
 
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I shall not belittle hipsters because of their culture. I am neither pro-hipster or anti-hipster. But what I can say is that in NYC, they are moving into recently gentrified areas of the city and sending the rent prices skyrocketing. People in those neighborhoods do not look kindly upon the influx of hipsters in their communities.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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They are total Douchebags with limited creativity and abilities.
The 21 Types Of Hipster You Encounter In London (and the problem isn't just in London)
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I shall not belittle hipsters because of their culture. I am neither pro-hipster or anti-hipster. But what I can say is that in NYC, they are moving into recently gentrified areas of the city and sending the rent prices skyrocketing. People in those neighborhoods do not look kindly upon the influx of hipsters in their communities.
Ah, the "trust fund hipsters"- the johnny come lately-the absolute worst kind IMO. They want the artistic/entrepreneurial/free spirit image yet secretly mommy and daddy are taking care of everything by paying rent prices that are sky high, causing wide swings in overall housing costs/taxes and driving hard working people out of their own neighborhoods.

Real hipsters transform their neglected communities for the better and don't just "gentrify" them indirectly by paying exorbitant rent, frequenting specialty cupcakeries and latte-eries and attracting others that will do the same.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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No one is a hipster. Hipsters don't exist. Hipsters are a slander word used against people you don't know.

I'm 33 now, and an uncool dad of a 3-year old. I think I was always too dorky to pass for a hipster, but I've definitely listened to bands which are slapped with that label, gone to bars which are called "hipster bars," and had friends who fit the demographic.

Of course, even these friends denied they were hipsters. They talked about other people, who dressed identically to them, as "****ing hipsters," and complained "why do hipsters always move to every neighborhood I think is cool." And "these goddamned hipsters ruin every bar I go to." I even had one friend once say to me "I used to think she was a stupid hipster, but now I know her, and she's really rad."

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