Hipster Runoff

The Identity of ‘Hipster Runoff’s’ Carles Is Revealed: Links You Need to See

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For certain hip twenty-somethings, and perhaps their hip teenage siblings, Hipster Runoff and its founder/writer/personality Carles were integral to a daily Internet routine. (It’s also responsible for launching the modeling career of Bebe Zeva, whom you see above.) We/they were addicted to his web brand: “Who will Carles all-cap next? Which words will he put ‘scare quotes’ around?” Anyway, Carles and HRO were a thing of an era, and now that Carles has sold that thing and the era is over, I guess Carles — who had been anonymous — no longer needs to hide. This article over at Vice is essentially a long history of HRO framed around a day-long Gchat session between the author and Carles, who reveals himself to be Carlos Perez.
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The Last Days of Carles: A ‘Postscript’ to Hipster Runoff’s ‘Era’ of ‘Cynicism’

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Who’d have guessed it? Carles, the shadowy creator of Hipster Runoff, the most ‘relevant’ alt of 2007 and the Internet’s foremost exponent of scare quotes, was an idealist all along. Our antihero has been in the news of late because he’s selling Hipster Runoff and its associated revenue streams — exactly the sort of cynical prank that you’d expect from him — and now he’s surfaced to publish a blog post entitled “Why I H8 Online Media.” (It’s the prelude to, god help us, an entire ebook, which is called Nothing Matters.) The site on which it’s published, carles.buzz, is supposedly the last we’ll ever hear from him, what he calls a “terminal pop-up art website blog where I will document my final days on the internet.” Of course, Carles being Carles, it’s hard to know how much of this is sincere and how much is ‘sincere’ — which has always been one of the most obnoxious things about reading him. But taken at face value, it’s an interesting, if profoundly depressing, insight into the bleak cynicism of HRO and its creator.
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Casually Nihilistic Internet Finds Sky Ferreira and Zachary Cole Smith’s Heroin Problem Hilarious

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To restate the obvious, the Internet is a pretty awful place at times. The observation that the online medium makes people callous is most often discussed in the context of anonymous comment sections and message boards, but let’s not forget how common it also is in that blurry Venn diagram of journalism and blogging, where a similar spirit of nihilism and comedic contempt characterizes the way in which reporting is carried out. So it went yesterday with the news that pop singer Sky Ferreira and DIIV’s Zachary Cole Smith were busted in upstate New York in possession of a car with stolen license plates, a bunch of MDMA, and a whole lot of heroin.
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