hipsters

How “Millennial” Became the New “Hipster”

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Lazy. Feckless. Entitled. Bankrolled by their parents. Fond of ironic facial hair and fixed-gear bicycles. You’ve heard all these stereotypes before, of course, but have you stopped to think about where they manifest these days? After a decade of think-piece merriment, the lazy stereotyping of hipsters seems to have finally tapered off, but only because it’s been replaced by something even more pernicious. The same clichés that used to be applied to a small and fundamentally insignificant subset of a generation seem to have been extended to that generation as a whole: in articles like this and this (and, of course, this), millennials have replaced hipsters as the mainstream’s cultural punching bag of choice.
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The Hipster Is Long Dead; Should The Strokes Die, Too?

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Remember the late 1990s and early 2000s? Nu-metal, the dregs of post-grunge, the dregs of gangsta rap, the tail end of Britpop. Britney Spears. Artful Dodger. The New Radicals. Cher’s ubiquitous “Believe.” Craig fucking David. It was a dark time for everyone. The history of that era has already been written and rewritten, and the accepted narrative goes something like this: everything largely sucked, and then The Strokes released Is This It and saved rock ‘n’ roll. The New Rock Revolution™ was dead almost as soon as it started, but it left in its wake a renewed interest in guitars and rock music generally, and for that we get to pay eternal thanks to Julian Casablancas and his band of drainpipe-jeaned saviors.
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