20JFG Podcast: Glittering prizes and endless compromises

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There’s something happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear.I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound. Everybody look what’s going down.

Once you escape from the homogenized  city center Liverpool is a city where beards, vegan food, ethnic diversity, second hand shops, fairtrade coffee, really nice bikes, second hand records, local produce, comic shops, proper thick denim, artisan bread and real ale are all part of the norm. These signatures of what used to pass as alternative culture have floated into mainstream demand, and like so many of the other aspects of hipsterdom – this is not a bad thing. Hipster may be just another passing trend though youth culture as beatnik, hippy, mod, raver and rockabilly have been in the past but underlying it today is a deep longing for authenticity which transcends its vacuousness self obsessed  origins.

Back when hipster was just a vice/pitchfork thang where your identity was defined by a lack of ideals  and ability to take the piss out of anything anyone else believed in a friend once joked :

The next trend has to be non ironic belief – morals, courses or something.

This has now actually happened to hipster.

Today in Liverpool those scenesters who are just visiting alternative culture during studentdom or youth are still going to to gain takeaway skills – be it a love of reading,  a love of music, a love for dancing, how to repair a bike, cultural awareness,  how to make nice coffee,  a love of role playing games, an appreciation or art or simply voting for socialist principles – values we all would hopefully gain from any youth cultures of the past.

Ahh yes ain’t that fresh. Everybody wants to get down like that.

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As with all youth cults once they are captured, documented, exposed and the mainstream are aware of it – its dead. Unfortunately identifying as Hipster is now both a paradox and as much of a cliche as being a Punk was in 1977 – which means none of the high hipsters have any idea wtf they are anymore, but as long as no one else notices you can cash in.

Everyone’s got to make a living.