The end of the hipster: how flat caps and beards stopped being so cool [theguardian.com]
This lack of visual disparity has probably led to societys fondness for hipster-bashing. As Alex Miller, UK editor-in-chief of Vice, explains: “I couldnt define a hipster. I guess its The Other. But as a general term its blown up because people finally realised they had a word to mock something cool and young which they didnt understand.”
Its an age-old scenario. In Distinction, his 1979 report on the social logic of taste, French academic Pierre Bourdieu wrote that “social identity lies in difference, and difference is asserted against what is closest, which represents the greatest threat”. So our inability to define a hipster merely fuels the enigma.