jpk wrote:So if someone gathers up bits and pieces of fashion, including bits from the currently fashionable "dig me, I'm a geek" persona and styling, then you'd call them a hipster?
I live in Boston, and I see plenty of people fronting geek everywhere I go. Frankly, foaming at the mouth over trivial issues of layout is fashionable these days, and it's an easy pose to strike. Buy the t-shirt ("Kern this"), pick a favorite font, and cringe at every piece of text you see. You're in! See how easy it is to be a geek these days? No mussing about with actually giving a damn about anything, you can just get right to the sneering and superiority.
Oh, dear. It would seem I've somehow chosen my words to convey exactly the opposite of what I'd intended. Let me clarify that I wouldn't call anyone a hipster; I was merely replying to someone else, who seems to have confusedly come to the conclusion that "font geeks" are a subclass of hipsters, and I was attacking on two fronts: one, that the word 'hipster,' insofar as I am aware, is used in such as fashion as to be meaningless; and two, that the closest definition I've ever seen given for what it is to be a hipster -- the definition I paraphrased -- in no way resembles anything about geekdom. I apologize for the lack of clarity of my writing.,