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When hipster were really hip.

March 8th, 2011 by Emma Hosford · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Shadow’s hipsters were so hip. At a school where everyone seems to be at least a semi-hipster, I still managed to be engaged and drawn in by the oh-so-cool act of the 1950’s hipster. Of course, they were rude and mean, but that was all part of the charm; I liked them for this. I began to wonder why I was so attracted to this scene? And I realized: nostalgia has everything to do with it. Rebelling somehow seemed new then. Today, some rebels seem like they are fitting into another social norm, another category of young, restless people. Of course there have always been rebels. The rebels of the 1950’s were just the beginning of what would ironically become a widely normative thing. Even half a century later, Shadows feels new and fresh. This is so refreshing (pardon the pun), when in present day what is hip can feel weighted down by years and years of tradition of what rebelling is, and the culturization of this rebelling. Films love to look at the rebel, and of course they do; rebels are fascinating and interesting. However, this has made the act of rebelling today less interesting. Hipsters have to work harder to be hip. (i.e.: lookatthisfuckinghipster.com – a scary and strange place)
Don’t get me wrong, I love hipster, but sometimes I wish being “hip” were as effortless looking as how it looks in Shadows.

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