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02 10 17

The hipster mind

For some reason, things become slightly less enjoyable when the general public starts enjoying them.

I don’t know what it is, and I seriously can’t seem to help it, but I like things more when they’re still relatively small and low-profile. As soon as the rest of the world discovers “hey this is pretty cool”, I like it less. This is usually just a little bit, and not enough to completely turn me off whatever it is, but it’s definitely a seed that will eventually grow into full-on disliking.

It’s not so much about “before it was cool” as it is about how people interact with the suddenly popular thing. A fair amount of people can be obnoxious, and of course they’re going to be obnoxious when it comes to the thing. That’s not something I want to be a part of, or even associated with, so I distance myself from that as much as possible. I don’t want to be seen as just another one of those people who’s really into whatever.

Doesn’t help that I usually have strong opinions about what it does and doesn’t do right, and that that gets drowned out by the shower of praise newcomers give it.
~ Fang


  • 05/10/2017 (2:20 PM)

    I don’t have a complete hipster mindset but I do agree with you. There are some things that I am turned off by because they’re popular or because they become popular. More often than not though, I find myself disliking the new fans more than I dislike the thing they are bandwagoning about.

  • 03/10/2017 (4:45 AM)

    As much as I have basically been intimidated in keeping such opinions to myself, I agree.

    I think part of the problem is that a lot of people and institutions don’t handle success particularly well, and tend to go off the rails when popularity overtakes the original idea of a project.

    I’ve tried to ignore the popular success of things and not let it affect my opinions at all, but I honestly lose interest when it happens, more often than not.

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