Opinion
By James Pavel

It might not have started with the Buddy Holly frames, but the emergence of hipster planet certainly snowballed from that point on. Buddy Holly glasses (vintage frames) were embraced by the “cool kids” earlier this decade because it was ironic how nerdy the glasses appeared. The trend caught on like Lulu Lemon sweat pants and soon every coolster was rocking the throwback, four-eye look.

But over the past few years, Buddy Holly glasses have been embraced by everyone, real nerds included. No longer are the glasses viewed as ironic because the irony has been evaporated by the glasses’ ubiquity.

The Buddy Holly experiment is a microcosm of the hipster culture. Hipsterism was merely one of a half dozen descriptions one could fall under, yet hipsterism has now morphed into its own planet with even its own sub-genres.

Hipsters are everywhere. Hipster culture is no longer a sub-culture of fashion and lifestyle, but has almost become the predominant culture in North America. If it wasn’t for the explosion of Guido/fist pump civilization, every single 20-something would be wearing suffocating denim, magenta purple shoe laces and the aforementioned glasses.

What is so complex about the sweeping movement is that the ethos of hipster culture is to evoke indifference. Thereby, acknowledging that jocks, Goths, skids and potheads suddenly all look identical would be akin to breaking the first commandment in the hipster Bible. If one didn’t care in the first place (that is the central idea behind hipsterism) then how could one suddenly be offended that others have mimicked the look/concept?

Now there are much greater problems in the world besides everyone beginning to dress identical. In fact, it may serve us well in the future. When we begin visiting alien planets, we will no longer have to issue Earth uniforms because everyone will have already conformed to a particular look.

Also, as hipster culture filters its way into high schools and middle schools, it may help diminish bullying as students will no longer be as easy to isolate based on their clothing and lifestyle. Students will begin to recognize students based on their names and not by the letters on their jacket or the purple streaks in their hair.

Obviously hipsterism could merely be a trend. But never has a trend been more about not caring that the trend exists. And maybe it’s happening because we no longer wish to all be viewed as drastically different. It’s a melting pot of diversity that North America has formulated, and maybe the one initial common ground that individuals can seek sanctuary in is the hipster way of life.

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