Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Quote(s) du Jour: Hipster you say?

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...I don't think so. The following quote appears at this moment on the front page of the online New York Times:

Bowling is a growth industry in the city, but these aren’t the beer-belly bowling alleys of yesteryear; they’re souped-up, hipster alleys with lounges and sports bars.

There you have it: proof positive that the word "hipster" has been co-opted, devalued, and rendered meaningless by the corporate mindset of Generation X.

Oh, where is Confucius when you need him?:

From The Analects of Confucius, Book 13, Verse 3 (James R. Ware, translated in 1980.)

Tsze-lu said, “The ruler of Wei has been waiting for you, in order with you to administer the government. What will you consider the first thing to be done?”

The Master replied, “What is necessary is to rectify names.” “So! indeed!” said Tsze-lu. “You are wide of the mark! Why must there be such rectification?”

The Master said, “How uncultivated you are, Yu! A superior man, in regard to what he does not know, shows a cautious reserve.

“If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things. If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot be carried on to success.

“When affairs cannot be carried on to success, proprieties and music do not flourish. When proprieties and music do not flourish, punishments will not be properly awarded. When punishments are not properly awarded, the people do not know how to move hand or foot.

“Therefore a superior man considers it necessary that the names he uses may be spoken appropriately, and also that what he speaks may be carried out appropriately. What the superior man requires is just that in his words there may be nothing incorrect.”


Yeah. What he said.
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13 comments:

Anonymous said...

There you have it: proof positive that the word "hipster" has been co-opted, devalued, and rendered meaningless by the corporate mindset of Generation X.

"In the Boomer corner is Rob, a middle weight with a few years on him, and a lot of quick moves; In the Gen-X corner, RAG, a bantam weight with quick jabs. It's the rumble in the Demographic Jungle. Let's get ready to rrrrrrrrrrrrrodak!!!!!"

I expect the inevitable "Baby Boomers are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" thread from Mr. George now, in response to your latest Boomer calumny (lol). The words you are looking for are "conspicuous consumers" not "corporate." These types can be seen at small Food Co-ops, as much as denatured bowling alleys.

Seriously, I had that same thought this weekend when I was at Target. It was funny to see all the Gen-X / Gen-Y / Millennial types holding their Starbucks cups (at shoulder height, in that faux sophisticated manner), standing in the middle of aisles blocking the bi-directional movement of people who were actually there to shop and go home quickly.

I wanted to shout, "THIS AIN'T NIEMAN MARCUS...GET YER ASSES OUT DA WAY!!!" but didn't, for fear of being accused of being a light-skinned Nigerian with hot pants.

---MS

Anonymous said...

Another working class Midwesterner's take on the "hipster sport"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jYfxr1dgV0

--MS

Rodak said...

Naw. RAG doesn't read my stuff.

"Conspicuous consumerism" is a corporate invention. The prototypical Gen-Xer is a tool of Madison Ave., which is "corporate," to the marrow.

Rodak said...

Funny clip.

Btw, I should acknowledge that Boomers, by and large, are also chronic consumerists. The distinction that I'd make here is that Boomers know that bowling is not a "hipster" activity. Pursuing chicks who don't shave their legs and armpits through the smokey recesses of a jazz joint--that's hip.

Anonymous said...

Pursuing women with hairy legs and armpits isn't hip, it's psychotic.

---MS

Rodak said...

I'll bet you consistently bowl in the high 200s.

Anonymous said...

Actually ... yes (LOL).

I rarely bowl, however, not on regular basis since third grade (we had after-school bowling teams at my grammar school). I sort of throw the bowl down the alley like The Incredible Hulk, so it's all brute force, no skill or finesse. More like an every-couple-of-years activity.

So, let me get this hipster thing correct. Straight hipster men pursue hairY women, gay hipster men pursue hairLESS men. Where is Ray Davies, I need some lyrics ...

---MS

SEE ALSO: Jim Gaffigan.

Rodak said...

Thanks for providing the info re: the preferences of gay hipster men: "Men who wax and the bowlers who love them."

Anonymous said...

Just seems like the logical juxtaposition, hairy women/hairless men.

As for me, I'll stick with hairless women, but if Mrs. Bigfoot shows up at the door, I'll be sure to give her your address and two tickets to the Blue Note Lounge.


---MS

Anonymous said...

I knew there was something you and Crumb had in common

http://www.cryptomundo.com/wp-content/uploads/bigfoot_2.jpg

---MS

Rodak said...

There you go!

Rodak said...

Yup. Give me a hot, hairy momma who smells of mammal, rather than of chem lab. Pheromone my ass, big time, Sweet Thang.

Rodak said...

My taste is for girls
with damp nether curls,
Who are musky with mammal
And not Proctor with Gamble