Speaking of Hipsters

I have nothing against hipsterism. I really don’t. It’s had a truly commendable run, musically. All those good vibrations, from Arcade Fire to Animal Collective, I totally dig. But I have to admit to a certain pleasure that I don’t think is Schadenfreude in seeing us arrive, with a sort of dialectical inevitability, at yet another moment in which a pop-cultural tendency that is at once undergroundish and hegemonic becomes itself in the eyes of the wider public and is, thus, annihilated.