I'm just an ignorant country boy raised insular and uneducated about the rest of the world, so there is undoubtedly a vast sea of knowledge about urban and suburban life, culture, and history that I don't even come close to understanding, and probably could never understand. However, I've been to enough places, seen enough things, and am relatively well plugged into the grid enough that I should know what this "hipster" phenomenon is.....but I don't. I swear, until fairly recently, I had no idea this crap existed. Of course I've noticed this peculiar trend of guys becoming much more unmasculine, wearing beards that look both unkempt, yet heavily-groomed at the same time, buzzing their hair on the sides of their heads with a metrosexual-looking "wave" on top, and wearing tight plaid shirts and skinny jeans. I've noticed this "look" and "attitude" for quite some time, and have honestly completey despised it for the entire duration of that time, yet I've never known it was part of this phenomenon known as "hipster". I started working in my state's capital city a year ago this month, and in that time I've been exposed to so much shit that I never knew about. Now all of the sudden I'm hearing words like "hipster", "gentrification", and "organic" thrown around all the time by everyone I run into. "Hey, there's this chill little hipster place we should go eat at." etc.... Everyone but me seems to be in tune with all this shit (even people I know who are not from the city). Where the fuck have I been this whole time? Up until very recently I never knew any of this shit exised as a thing. I believe I had heard the word "hipster" before, but I just thought it was another one of those dumbass labels like "emo" that highschoolers use to label rejects or something, and not a word that denotes an entire cultural movement. Especially not a movement of this magnitude and with as much influence on culture. I have to be completely honest, I think this hipster shit is the most goddamn fucking retarded and gay horseshit I have ever seen or heard of. Yes, that's the old insular bigot in me speaking. I guess it's just the traditional environment in which I was raised. But I think their influence is ruining everything. Men are becoming pussies, buildings and houses look gay, rock music turned from awesome, macho badassery to watered-down indie-folk crap, and everything is "organic" and "gluten free". I don't know if I've perceived this whole thing correctly or not. I also freely admit to being a closed-minded hick if that's the route you want to take in your response to me. I just see this whole hipster thing as being indicative of the groupthink, collectivist mantra millennials (my generation) is creating. You can't just be a person anymore. Everything has to be defined as a movement or a label. Set me straight on what "hipster" means and what it is.