Friday, August 1, 2008

Something Tells Me Douglas Haddow's Never Taken 'The History of Advertising'

Hipster: The Dead End of Western Civilization

Everyone's talking about this article.

Rehashes are boring and reading is so 1986, so I'm only going to talk about a very small snippet:

Hipsterdom is the first “counterculture” to be born under the advertising industry’s microscope, leaving it open to constant manipulation but also forcing its participants to continually shift their interests and affiliations.

Maybe talk isn't the right word. Let's show rather than tell, shall we?

Definitely no co-opting here.


Here either.


Move along, ma'am. Just a simple ad for a vehicle.


Anyone can make a pun and have it sound like a radical social movement. An honest mistake. We swear.


OK, look. Peter Max owed us a favor.


Demographic success served up funky fresh. What's your beef?

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

that adbusters article is horribly written and just lazy-minded b.s.

OLT said...

awesome. i love you. this was great.

Erin Bradley said...

You're the one who made me aware of the article, so thank YOU, missy!

kris, denmark said...

agreed! That article is just too 'easy' if you can put it like that.

I hope the writer of the article reads (or sees) this.

What is Burnt Toast? said...

Douglas Haddow's article is great purely because of the reaction it's generated. Who care's if it's not perfectly polished when there are nuggets of truth scattered all over it. A superbly invigorating read.

North American Resource said...

I just read this article. I am a 20 something interior designer living in Brooklyn and working in the city.

I have so many issues with this article.

I feel the only people that call "hipsters" "hipsters" are anyone who does not fall into it's category. why not talk about the stoners? some cute little indie girl probably gave this douche the cold shoulder and now he hates life. who is this guy?

What a way to take journalism privileges and give all a bad name.

These people are the people who probably designed his hoodie and V-neck, did anyone else notice that? Even if it was a Wal-mart bought v-neck i bet you he wasnt wearing them b4 American Apparel made them cool again.

these so called "hipster" are the kids who work in our art scene, our fashion designers, our writers, our photographers, our graphic designers etc.

Someone has to fit into every category. Someone is a yuppie, someone is a stoner, and there are always individuals from every sub-culture to not adjust productively or positively.
I guess what I am trying to say is that people who make generalities about a whole sub culture make no sense to me. Who cares what they wear. Is anyone drawing attention to baggy jeans and hoodies. keffiyehs are sold on the streets in soho for cheap. If I were a young broke student I might buy one myself.

some of my comments may be juvenile, but the fact of the matter is this guy puts a bad name to journalists everywhere for picking on a sub-culture that he once wanted tob e a part of but was denied, obviously.


"hipster" journalist, I encourage you to unite and ban this kid from writing again.

:)