What is a hipster? Is it an insult to call someone a hipster, even if they’re, well, a hipster? Do hipsters identify themselves as hipsters? Grant traces the label from 1960s counterculture to today’s skinny-jeaned Brooklyn paradox. This is part of a complete episode.

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  1. Jocelyn says:

    It seems that terms applied by outsiders to groups are always rejected based on the the raison d’etre of the members. Hippies
    didn’t like labels because they were, by definition, individuals and free spirits and hipsters, well they eat irony for breakfast. So no surprise the term “hipster” confuses with it’s ironic definition. Btw, old hippies have adopted terms like hippie girl and hippie chick to explain their old ways. An Old Hippie Chick

  2. Peter Shank says:

    Q: How many hipsters does it take to change a light bulb?
    A: There’s no point in my telling you that answer, because it’s a number you’re probably not familiar with, sung about by bands you haven’t heard of, playing in clubs you probably don’t go to.

  3. Peter Shank says:

    Jocelyn is spot on. I saw an old hippie panhandling the other day, and he had one of the all-time greatest pan-handler’s signs: “Even old hippies need a little love.”

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