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Banter: The Evolution of the Hipster

After a very successful Banter session on the Joys Of Running the other week, we’re taking a very different tack this time around with a look at the evolution of the hipster. The spiel: as long as we’ve had street …

Tue, Jan 31, 2012, 09:06

   

After a very successful Banter session on the Joys Of Running the other week, we’re taking a very different tack this time around with a look at the evolution of the hipster.

The spiel: as long as we’ve had street culture, we’ve had hipsters. They were known as different names in different eras, but the mods, rockers, punks and ravers of old were the hipsters of their respective generations. There has always been tastemakers and early adopters, those who set the scene for everyone else to follow.

However, these days, the hipster has become a much maligned figure. The word is now more a term of abuse than endearment, a neat bit of shorthand to have a dig at someone who stands out rather than fits in.

Our panel consider the evidence and examine what has happened to the hipster and street culture in the 21st century. Did the internet kill street culture? Are we all hipsters now? What would the pioneering hipsters of old think of the new kids on the block?

The panel: Garry O’Neill (Where Were You?), Mick Heaney (The Irish Times) and Eimear Fitzmaurice (Not Saying Boo/Forward Slash/Bodytonic Music).

The venue: Twisted Pepper, Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1. Date and time: Thursday February 16, 8pm. Admission: €5 on the door or sign up in advance to our guestlist here.

This panel was partly inspired by Where Were You?, Garry O’Neill’s fantastic book on Dublin street culture. The book was published in late 2011 and sold out almost immediately. A second print run will go on sale in April and will be available from the website or a number of independent book and music stores in Dublin.

Another Banter date for your diary: back in November 2010, we held a very lively discussion on Publishing 2020 and we’ve been meaning to get back to the topic again ever since. Rip It Up and Start Again takes a closer look at the current state of the trade, where it goes from here, the rise of content aggretators and curators and what this means for more established publications and titles. It takes place at the Twisted Pepper on Thursday March 1 and we’ll have full information on the panel in the next few weeks.

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