From Mav: A couple weeks, I saw a fun article floating around social media about a man who complained when he saw his own photo being used for an article about an MIT study that about why “all hipsters look alike” because of how insulting it was to say that… only to later find out that the person in photo was not actually him, just some other hipster who looked like him… you know… because all hipsters look alike. That’s funny in and of itself, and so I shared it on Facebook… you know, as you do. And it sparked a little bit of comment conversation. My friend Mike Higgins pointed out that:
“After all, there are numerous non-mainstream fashion groups (goths, punks, hippies, etc.) and the classic ‘hipster’ look is just one of them. Hipsters aren’t articulating opposition to a majority group by their fashion choices, they are articulating membership in a specific sub-group.”
And he’s right… or sort of. We talked a bit around that and then I realized it might make a good idea for an episode. We talk about subcultures a lot on this show (especially me and Katya). But we never really define them. I figured now would be a good time to do that. Subcultures come up quite a bit on the internet… both as a general concept (along with related terms like “identity politics” or “community” or “fandom” or “stereotype”) and just in general usage when talking about groups that are subcultures (or micro cultures… a term no one uses… which makes me say “hey, do people know what a micro culture is?”) like hipsters, or SJWs, or lesbians, or nerds, or fanboys, or punks, or goths, or incels, or… gamers… or… or… actually… there’s just a TON of them.
So that’s the real question we want to start with this week. They’re rather open ended ones. What does “sub-culture” mean to you? What about identity politics? Do you consider yourself a part of a sub-culture? Do you find certain terms insulting or preferable to others? What do you think about when you hear terms? What subcultures can you identify? Do you know what the fuck a microculture is?