I spend my days clad in thrift store clothing, writing pseudo-rap slam poetry and screenplays at Starbucks. While I don't have a blog of my own, I have spent most of my free time since 16 writing for various film and music websites. Recently, I have begun to paint postmodern minimalist graffiti on walls (Beige squares: how you gonna cover that up? That's what you cover graffiti with!) When I took a trip to Israel, I carefully selected the strangest clothes I could find, but didn't bring a camera so that I could make a photo album of myself in the background of other people's photos looking like a weirdo. You've never heard of my favorite band. I sing mashups in the shower. I speak almost entirely in references and allusions. And so on.
The fact of the matter is this: I grew up with the internet. I grew up with netflix and file sharing. My generation simply doesn't see history in the same way as our elders. We now live in a full of pop culture singularity. It doesn't matter if a movie came out in 1960 or last Friday, or if it's Next Friday. We have equal access to all of them. I haven't listened to music radio since the 10th grade, so it doesn't matter if a song is famous, or obscure or new or old. They're all on an equal plane.
I'm sorry if postmodernism pisses you off. Or meta annoys you. Those things speak to me. They speak to my soul. They make perfect sense, emotionally, philosophically and intellectually. Derrida was right. McLuhan was right. There is nothing outside the text. And I don't see why it is bad or inferior to pointedly express myself through the recombination of previous or dissimilar elements jammed together to create something new.
The NY Times article describes my kin and me pretty thoroughly. But not a word of that article applies to us. I do not do these things out of irony. I love the things I love. And I can explain exactly why I love everything I love. In great detail. In fact, the vast majority of the so-called Hipsters I know can. I keep hearing about these vile, self-indulgent Trustifarians, but I really haven't met many. And I spend a lot of time in Hipster havens. I do stupid things because they make me happy. And I have absurd and frivolous life goals because I'm stupid enough to think that a song, or a poem, or a screenplay can change the world if it's good enough.
If that makes me worthy of derision, then so be it. But I'm incredibly happy in my non-slave labor V-neck and thrift store biker jacket, comparing weird foreign films to the plays of Samuel Beckett while sipping PBR at a dive bar.
Fuck you. I'm a hipster. And you know what, you just don't get it.
Image via Tumblr