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The Hipster Facade
PJ Media, by Victor Davis Hanson

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Posted By:earlybird, 1/9/2013 1:54:40 PM

What Is Hip? America has always been a country of self-invention. Yet there used to be some correlation between the life that one lived and the life that one professed. It was hard to be a phony in the grimy reality of the coal mine, the steel mill, the south 40 acres, or atop a girder over Manhattan. No longer in our post-modern, post-industrial, metrosexual fantasyland. The nexus of big government, big money, and globalization has created a new creed of squaring the circle of being both liberal and yet elitist, egalitarian-talking but rich-acting, talking like a 99 percenter

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 1/9/2013 1:58:37 PM     (No. 9107293)

Another gem from VDH. A sample:

Hip is a sort of Neanderthal mentality that is terrified of serious thinking, and thus substitutes the superfluous for the profound.

Palestinians are hip in a way that Israelis are not; but pro-Palestinian reporters stay in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv without a clue why the two cities are different from Ramallah. Hip is loud support for the Dream Act, but avoidance of places like Mendota or San Joaquin, or any serious contemplation about why millions of Mexican nationals wish to cross their northern but not their southern border. Hip is shopping at Whole Foods, but supporting more food stamps for those who shop at a distant Food 4 Less and weigh more than you do. Hip decries school choice and vouchers, but means Sidwell Friends is under armed guards for your own progenies.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: LoneVoice, 1/9/2013 2:38:25 PM     (No. 9107391)

"Hip" is a lot like "cool."

I remember when I first understood the meaning of "cool" in 7th grade. Some of the bigger tougher kids were stealing school equipment from the gym. One them asked me menacingly if I was "cool" with that.

I figure all the "cool" and "hip" people will be going to a place that is the opposite of cool.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: berthabutt, 1/9/2013 7:36:12 PM     (No. 9107915)

Must-must-must read!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 1/9/2013 8:17:15 PM     (No. 9107955)

Outstanding. Agree this is a must read.

One to share, especially with liberal friends, relatives, and acquaintances.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: pearlyjo, 1/9/2013 8:19:32 PM     (No. 9107959)

Must read.
It is the attitude I observed on both election days when our dear leader was chosen, although it was, in my opinion, severely lowered this time around.



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Reply 6 - Posted by: horacer, 1/9/2013 8:42:19 PM     (No. 9107996)

These are people who want to be part of the herd. It gives them their identity. If celebrities opposed abortion all these morons would too. Shallow, superficial and stupid. We´ve always had the herd, it just was never this big.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: smcchk, 1/10/2013 12:24:32 PM     (No. 9109097)

Perfect! It is why grossly over-paid "entertainers" are never bothered by protests, or guilt, about their wealth but job-producing capitalists like the Koch brothers are scorned.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Watercheetah, 1/10/2013 1:57:09 PM     (No. 9109265)

I could see Sascha Barron Von Cohen having a field day with this.
But he is the epitome of hip.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 1/10/2013 2:24:13 PM     (No. 9109320)

Or, as Orwell said long ago:

"At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question. … Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing, either in the popular press or in the highbrow periodicals."

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Reply 10 - Posted by: tulipwood, 1/10/2013 2:40:31 PM     (No. 9109363)

Obama poses at being hip but is transparently not.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: vesicant, 1/10/2013 4:42:00 PM     (No. 9109553)

Sorry, but if you "feel hip at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods," you aren´t, daddy-o.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Geelabeela828, 1/10/2013 5:06:17 PM     (No. 9109586)

Should be a nightly segment on O´Reilly.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: johngalt1, 1/10/2013 6:27:38 PM     (No. 9109684)

The terms “hip” and “cool” are statements of approval that add cultural nuance to “right” and “wrong.” The more a culture is warped, the greater the distance between the consensus view of what being hip and cool is and what’s actually right becomes.

Hitler thought the Schutz-Staffel (SS) was cool. Stalin thought the NKVD secret police (which later became the KGB) was cool. The young followers of Mao thought it was hip to become Red Guards and spy on their parents for the State.


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Reply 14 - Posted by: artiec, 1/10/2013 7:54:41 PM     (No. 9109828)

I don´t know anything about "hip." I just remember Kramer was called a hipster doofus.

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