The ongoing New York Times obsession with “hipsters” continued this week with yet another lifestyle article about Williamsburg, a place that the NYT apparently thinks is still home to the Brooklyn cool set. The piece served as more confirmation that the Times is officially the only publication that still thinks the word “hipster” actually means something and/or is a cultural phenomenon worth analyzing in 2013. At this point, the paper’s ongoing obsession with Williamsburg is the journalistic equivalent of the repressed bro at school who’s secretly fascinated by the weird kids and deals with this by ridiculing them at every possible opportunity. Anyway, The Awl did a pretty spectacular job of highlighting the ongoing absurdity of the whole thing with this roundup of every characteristic that the paper has ever ascribed to hipsters (spoiler: everything, ever) — but what about the music? To help the paper out, here are some songs to soundtrack their most, um, memorable trend pieces.
Alanis Morrisette — “Ironic”
Goes with: Christy Wampole, “How to Live Without Irony,” November 17, 2012
Wampole’s notorious end-of-irony crusade was a spectacular piece of trollgaze, catalyzing a shitload of comment-section rage, many follow-up thinkpieces, and a lot of general Internet hand-wringing. It goes hand-in-glove with the work of another terminally earnest Generation X-er who is similarly clueless about the actual meaning of the word “irony.”