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Method of Self-Expression of Modern Day Hipsters

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History of Hipsters Methods of Self-Expression of Modern Day Hipsters An Ethnographic Study The 40s & 50s History of Hipsters The 60s & 70s History of Hipsters The 90s Zari Riley Modern Day Hipsters This ethnographic research reveals the actions, habits, and belief of modern day hipsters. The study was conducted over a four month period. The majority of observation took place in Costa Mesa, CA. I employed qualitative interviewing for three participants ages seventeen to twenty-one. Hipsters are known for their expressive clothing and artifacts, but they also communicate their uniqueness through their interests, charitable actions, and art. The public holds contempt towards hipsters because they believe they are presumptuous, odd and attention-seeking. Through the interviews, I was able to uncover the reasons behind this. The purpose of this research is ultimately to explain the communicative methods of their self-expression. Abstract “a person, especially during the 1940s, characterized by a particularly strong sense of alienation from most established social activities and relationships an enthusiast of modern jazz”

Nicknames: Hipsters or hepcats
Interests and values: jazz music, social freedom, influence of African Americans
Dislikes: war, “Squares”, America’s conventional way of living
Drug of Choice: Marijuana History of Hipsters
Nickname(s): Hippies
Interests and values: “free love”, peace, sexual freedom, social acceptance, and civil rights
Dislikes: war, “The Man”
Drug of Choice: psychedelic drugs (LSD, PCP, etc.) “someone who advocates extreme liberalism in politics and lifestyle” Nicknames: Indie rockers
Interests and values: Indie music, alternative lifestyle, grunge scene, feminism, raves
Dislikes: “Sell outs”
Drug of choice: ecstasy and cocaine “a subculture of rich white youth, but this was no bohemia” The 00’s “a person who is unusually aware of and interested in new and unconventional patterns” Nicknames: Hipsters
Interests and values: individuality, creativity, wit, underground music, technology
Dislikes: “posers”, anything mainstream, conformity
Drug of Choice: Coffee Located in Costa Mesa, CA Observation Sites The L.A.B.
Anti-mall The
CAMP L.A.B. Antimall and the CAMP Observation Sites Themes Clothing as a Communication Device communicates their...
personal identity
interests (music, movies,etc.)
political views Interests Attitude Personal Identity Themes Importance of Art "Their goal is reflect their need to different and create a message that they and others like them can understand." Themes Act of Charity Qualitative Interviews Themes Qualitative Interviews I chose three people for my interviews that I felt could contribute to my research. I will give them different names for the purpose of this study. My participants were Michelle B., David B. and Theresa M. All of the interviewees are between the ages of seventeen to twenty-one. The interviews took place face-to-face and through email. "What is a Hipster?" “Hipsters hate everything that changes or anything that becomes famous”.
David political views “I can spot one just by listening to them. They will say 'Ugh, that’s so mainstream. I hate mainstream. These trends are so dumb.'"
Theresa My findings: Hipsters are those who turn away from everything that is “mainstream”. I have found that the majority of hipsters are Caucasian middle-class men and women, ranging from late teens to early thirty. “A hipster is someone that just likes whatever they want and for me its the style of dress that I like.
Michelle "Are there different types of Hipsters?
If so, what are they?" “They all try to be different and unique that they end up being the same”
David “I think there are people who try to be hipsters. Then there's those who just like the style and music that happens to fit into the stereotype”
Michelle “I have like five hipster friends and they all do different stuff. I like that about them though. No two are the same”.
Theresa "Why do people hate hipsters?" “I just don't understand them, like what's wrong with things changing? I feel like they live in fear and I pity them in a sense because there's a lot of life that they won't really experience”
Theresa “It’s like they live in caves, but seriously they'll try and look for stuff that no one knows about in order to satisfy their ego. They are complete narcissists”
David “Actual hipsters have always rubbed me the wrong way. They are pretty rude -- I think they're "supposed" to be and they try too hard.”
Michelle My findings: I believe the dislike of hipsters is due to their desire to be set apart and their aversion towards anything widely popular. People must think hipsters are portraying a feeling of superiority and arrogance. I also believe people see hipster culture as pessimistic at the core. Communication Theory Communication Theory Symbolic Convergence Theory PREMISE: when common thoughts, intentions, and/or stories, known as "fantasies", are shared in group settings and received positively overall cohesion is increased for that particular group. APPLICATION:
A few examples of hipster "fantasies" could be vintage bicycles, tattoos, organic food, photography, charities, undiscovered bands and anything of irony. I believe if any of these topics were brought up the group would get along swell, not matter what type of hipster one may be. Ernest G. Bormann References Bormann, E. (1985). Symbolic convergence theory: A communication formulation. Journal of Communication, 35, 128-138..

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Hipster. (n.d.). Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. Retrieved from Dictionary.com website:http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/hipster THE END.
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