What Comes After the Hipster?
The subculture is dead. Long live the subculture!
Subcultures usually form in response to some sort of perceived cultural conformity or hegemony. For me, today, that’s technology and the Internet, and in a way, some of today’s hipsters participate in some activities that try to eschew modernity (craft food and spirits, knitting, canning, etc.). However, I can’t see a youth subculture forming to react against modern technology, since it has become so intertwined with modern life.
The hipster has been around as the dominant youth culture for way longer than anything that’s come before, and it occupies a place relative to mainstream culture that’s completely different. It’s not counter-cultural; it fits perfectly within the values of a large part of the mainstream
Hipsters are usually seen as consumers — “self-curators” who painstakingly select the music, movies, clothing and so on through which they construct their identities. More useful is to understand them as producers and distributors. Hipsters create Bobo culture. They make or sell or serve, or simply pioneer, what Bobos buy.
[Youth subcultures] now form more around preferences than broad ideologies.
Vinod Khosla is not the first to describe a massively disruptive digital solution to the antiquated and unsustainable healthcare (sickcare) system in its current form. Ray Kurzweil and the Singularity folks have offered visions that reach beyond what Khosla proposes. But that’s what makes Khosla’s proposal so tantalizing. He’s offering a more or less coherent vision for an intermediary step on the way to the Singularity.
Steve Jobs oncologist, Dr. David Agus, wants to use real time data in treatment of illness. Wants to reframe disease as a verb and treat it on the spot. Just imagine: “you’re cancering.”
Holy cow, this is awesome! Thanks to the folks at Stanford’s d.school we now have this amazing toolkit/resource that encapsulates the best practices for collaboration, design, and empathy for creating (products, services, experiences) for people.
If you are responsible in any way for things that people use/touch/experience/see/hear/feel, you’ll benefit from seeing this.
Nice piece in the NYTimes on Danah Boyd’s work advocating on behalf of teens’ needs for online space.
Here’s an excerpt:
“Teenagers absolutely care about privacy,” Dr. Boyd said, adding that like adults, they share things to feel loved, connected and supported. “Teenagers are not some alien population. When we see new technologies, we think they make everything different for young people. But they really don’t. Teenagers are the same as they always were.”
Divergent / Convergent phases of ideation were one of the most useful concepts I learned in design school.
The Divergent phase is where you brainstorm ideas with an aim for quantity. The Convergent phase is where the cacophony of brainstormed ideas are filtered by quality, relevance, resonance, etc.
This is analogous to the inhale/exhale of a breath — both are essential and sequential.
the future of digital currency?
this is your life. do what you love and do it often.
if you don’t like something, change it.
if you are looking for the love of your life, stop.
they will be waiting for you when you start doing the things you love.
True happiness, a genuine sense of satisfaction, comes, not from "finding" yourself but from "losing" yourself — in a company you believe in, a cause you are prepared to fight for. ~ William C. Taylor
Fast Company cofounder Bill Taylor responds to New York Times’ David Brooks on happiness, successful leadership and the paradoxical-to-mainstream-values dynamic of personal development.