hipsters are myth more often than not.
that's what I thought until I moved back to Portland. Turns out they are very real.
Although I still believe people who are true to themselves greatly outnumber the hipsters, even in cities.
I personally never really call a person a hipster, because at this point it is a meaningless label. The definition has become so inclusive that it basically means anyone who has interests. Even boo boo would be considered a hipster to many.
oh in terms of music posing - they definitely exist, but not like how popular culture perceives them. it's definitely become meaningless and pretty much a joke at this point, someone will call you a hipster for not liking something they like, or vice versa. and since hipster bashing is cool now - boo boo's been a hipster for a long time
the only thing that bothers me is when old people use it as a generational slur to disparage any and all youthful activity that isn't modeled after the 1950s (oh wait my hipster bad, forgot everyone was dressing like mad men). like when will they stop? nothing short of being old will appease these people
what bothers me is that it does have meaning when it's used this way, and the meaning is "fuck young people"
look, i work in fishtown. it's the spot in phila the hipster archetype (notice how in a peer to peer context we all know what i'm talking about, though let me know if anyone needs elaboration) transplants itself in when brooklyn and austin are too hip to be hip or possibly not hip enough. i see these assholes walking around my city all the time and to any philadelphian, they stick out like a sore thumb. we all know who we're bashing -- neighborhood disrupting, drunk, fickle, transplant assholes with no actual interest in community or entrepreneurial endeavor. nobody likes these guys, but the problem is as soon as you jump to the next boomer kid generation up (think like 33-40), anyone our age (the 20-32 range) is a fucking hipster right alongside these assholes. like, quit being old people