Let me break this down slightly.
Welcome to high school, here’s your agenda and your social category. You’re definitely going to lose your agenda or at least ruin it in some capacity but your social category you will have for life. At least your high school life.
Because in high school you have your name and you have your place.
But here comes the hipster movement. It’s the movement that celebrates the bizarre and off-beat. It lauds the absurd. It highlights the unknown. It makes a lot of people wear fake glasses.
So now poor high school students around the United States have to navigate between two constraints. Do they conform and look like everyone else so they don’t risk scrutiny and possible alienation? Or do they join this popular movement and show off their quirky, less well-known hobbies and clothing?
It seems this generation is struggling (riding that struggle bus) far more than other generations. But why? Didn’t we solve all those pesky problems back in our grandparents’ days?
There are arguments for either side of that question, but now we’re struggling with something more internal. We’re struggling between our different identities and the hipster movement is a perfect encapsulation of that struggle.
We all want to fit in, we want to be accepted. But the hipster movement is all about standing out and doing your own thing. It’s been popularized and homogenized but at its core it is about true self-expression.
And because of the hipster movement, it seems the system of placing people in boxes and constraining them to their limiting positions is starting to crumble ever so slightly. People will always be stereotyped because that’s how the brain deals with the world around it. But now maybe we can loosen the edges of the boxes we, and the people around us, are so tightly packaged in.