All I Want - Toad the Wet Sprocket
All I Want - Toad the Wet Sprocket
Song of the Day: Hell Yes - Beck
Can’t Stop - Red Hot Chili Peppers
addicted to the shindig.
-Melissa Harris Perry
I’ve got to keep on movin’
Sticky Jams, Sticky Politics, Sticky Weather…
Songwriter Andrew Duhon & The American Zombie Blogger Jason Berry join us for an all-new episode of The Sticky, full of exclusives you won’t find anywhere else.
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The White House | Being Biden | Welcome: Intro to Being Biden
Get to know US Vice President Joe Biden in this new audio series called Being Biden. He’ll tell the story behind a photo, from meetings at the White House to travels around the country, offering a candid glimpse into what it’s like to be Biden.
The White House has been doing a better job of utilizing online media platforms to reach the public, but this new podcast from Vice President Biden comes as an interesting surprise. I’m genuinely
interested curious to see how this turns out and what the response will be like.
Dear Everyone on the Internet,
You are using certain words too often, and you are frequently using them wrong.
The overused and wrongly used word of the day is…
First, an appropriate definition of the word “hipster” as I’ve always known it:
A “hipster” is that asshole who is never happy and constantly complains that they “liked that band/writer/artist/restaurant/bar/tv show/fad/other cultural element before it was cool.” A “hipster” hangs on to old-fashioned things, not out of nostalgia or appreciation, but out of irony and aloof entitlement and/or a narcissistic belief that they understand something better than anyone else.
The mode of dress identifying a hipster may change over the years (In my generation, it is marked by skinny jeans, which won’t last long because “normal” people are wearing them now.) But the mock-expertise, general sourness, and aversion to any trend not their own or something they love becoming a trend is what is universal and long-standing.
THAT is a hipster.
Being of someone’s own generation, time, or movement does not make one a hipster. Being trendy isn’t really being a hipster, if you abide by the definition above. Hipsters are rarely activists… unless they are feigning activism by some rant about an article they read that they don’t agree with and will probably forget about tomorrow. If you’re referring to people in any of these categories as “hipsters” you are probably doing it wrong.
I seem to frequently hear baby boomers refer to any young people doing Some Thing They Can’t Stand as “hipsters.” Basically, any person under the age of 50 trying to do anything is suddenly a “hipster.” Not a hippie, or a techie, or a yuppie, or a starving artist, or a gamer, or a fan girl, or a biker, or a small business owner… all of these things and more are now being generically, sarcastically, angrily lumped into one big “hipster” category, sneered at down the noses of discontent gray-hairs in an unsettling manner that is nothing short of The Most Hipster Thing I Have Ever Witnessed In My Life. And the “hipsters” are ruining “everything” as they would have you believe.
I’m not a big fan of the separatist attitude of having to label other people to define one’s self. It’s destructive and divisive and diminishes individuals. People lumped into large categories are dull. It’s easy to begin loathing humanity when you lump people into generalized categories. It’s a slippery slope that can lead to the most jaded, snide attitude.
As individuals, people are dynamic. People are interesting. People are complicated. And more often than not, people are lovely.
Can we vote to remove “hipster” from the common lexicon? I’d start a petition, but then someone might call me a hipster.
If we’re going to express distaste, let’s at least come up with some better words. How about something more novel, something Seuss-ian? I think “snarfdoodle” is a good start.
Our special guest AJ Allegra of The Nola Project talks about their upcoming production of Catch the Wall, the Wobble and Gobble Fundraiser, and how bounce dancing works.
We introduce our new Guru of Google, Chris.
Plus: a caller asks for advice on how to handle a stinky coworker, and Dirty Coast customers weigh in on the issue. We talk weird gifted kids and excessive weird hygiene practices. (What?)
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No alarms. And no surprises, please.