The fact that there’s an entire subculture that’s immersed in the mindless minutiae of social media astounds me.
Oh, you’re wondering what a hipster is? There are a number of definitions in “official” internet sources, and they don’t all agree. Here’s what the Urban Dictionary says.
Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20’s and 30’s that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter.
It’s not the definition I’d have given. I found this, too:
Here’s WikiHow’s take:
Hipsters are people who enjoy clothing, music, food and activities outside of the social mainstream. If you want to embrace a lifestyle of independent music labels, vintage clothes, and artisanal coffee, read the guide below.
And here’s what Wikipedia, the LEAST reliable source in the world* but the one everyone uses, says:
a postmodern subculture of young, urban middle-class adults and older teenagers that first appeared in the 1990s and became particularly prominent in the 2010s, being derived from earlier movements in the 1940s. The subculture is associated with indie music and alternative music, a varied non-mainstream fashion sensibility (including vintage and thrift store clothes), progressive or independent political views, and alternativ
I mean, seriously?
But really, this post isn’t about hipsters. It’s about how social media have impacted culture.
I see shorter attention spans, devotion to insignificant details (like instagram filter effects), narcissism…
How about you….in your opinion, how have social media impacted culture? For the better or not?
*shocked at how many people (and especially college students) don’t realize Wikipedia is user-generated content that is completely unreliable as a source. No one vets this stuff. It might be true. Or it might not be at all true.