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Shore no more: Even with ‘Jersey Shore’ cancelled, there are still plenty of horrible reality shows

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By Genevieve Mills–

“Good riddance” “Thank God” and “Yesss” were just some of the comments readers had on the online articles announcing Jersey Shore’s cancellation. It seems that Jersey Shore is a show that you either love or hate. Yes, there were some comments expressing regret that the show is ending, but many of them were all-caps declarations of “I’m so glad it’s over, but I never watched it anyway.”

Now what’s that about? Why would you be happy a show you never watched is being cancelled? I have to admit, I was happy to hear that the show, which is MTV’s highest rated series in its history, will have one final sixth season before cancellation. However, the most I’ve ever watched of it is about 10 minutes before I left the room muttering in disgust at my younger sister’s lack of taste.

I decided to watch an episode as research for this article. The full episode confirmed my previously held view that the show is not for me, simply because I don’t find listening to a bunch of bleeped out f-bombs while watching orange people get drunk and act stupid, not necessarily in that order, entertaining. But obviously, at least eight million people do find it entertaining, as that’s how many viewers of season five averaged. My question is, why is “Jersey Shore” so popular while simultaneously being so hated?

Do people like the show because, as my 14-year-old brother put it, “It’s cheaper than going to the zoo?” Is “Jersey Shore” simply taking advantage of the old train-wreck effect? Do people like it because they’re stupid and they like watching other stupid people, or because they like the guilty pleasure of watching people behaving badly? Some critics of the show seem to think it’s the former; reality shows like “Jersey Shore” display how low-brow people’s tastes have gotten.

Because “Jersey Shore” is not the only show out there that can make you cringe and wonder “How can anyone act like that?” There’s The “Real Housewives” of multiple cities, “Toddlers and Tiaras” and “Bad Girls Club” to name a few. And while I can’t watch “Toddlers and Tiaras” without thinking it should be renamed “Future Strippers of America,” I don’t think that reality shows really signify the end of good taste.

MTV has never tried to say that with Jersey Shore they’re attempting to create quality television. In fact, I once read an article by a crew member who poked fun at the whole thing, comparing taking the cast to Italy with corralling exotic animals. “Jersey Shore” isn’t supposed to be witty or thought provoking, it’s not meant to be the height of “good” taste. It’s meant to entertain, not create philosophical discussions.
Just because someone watches the show doesn’t mean they’re going to start partying every night, any more than watching Law & Order means I’m going to start solving crimes. And just because someone laughs at “Jersey Shore” doesn’t mean they won’t get a joke made on “Downton Abbey.” Tastes vary, humor varies, within society and within an individual.

So don’t get upset because you can’t believe so many people like a show that seems to celebrate ignorance. The three stooges were around providing slap-stick humor long before we ever laughed at a girl slipping in her own vomit. And please, don’t get upset because one train-wreck has been canceled, there are plenty of others you can watch.

I think what everyone should do is sit back, stop typing in all caps and appreciate all the mocking we did of “Jersey Shore” for the past three years, and then pray that 100 years from now historians don’t ever look at a single episode for an example of how humans behaved in the 21st century.

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Devolution: While the rest of America moves on, Kentucky continues to debate evolution versus intelligent design

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By Aaron Williams–

The Kentucky Grand Ole’ Party made headlines a few weeks ago when they, particularly Representative Ben Waide and Senators David Givens and Mike Wilson, expressed outrage that high school biology exams would test Kentucky students’ basic understanding of the theory of evolution.

The “controversial” test material comes as a result of a Republican state legislature vote in 2009 to hold the state of Kentucky’s testing system for high school students accountable with national education standards, primarily for ACT scoring purposes.

Representative Waide of Madisonville, KY contends that there is no scientific evidence to support evolution as fact. Mr. Waide might be surprised to learn that scientific organizations such as the National Academy of Sciences, the American Anthropological Association, the National Association of Biology Teachers, the American Institute of Biological Sciences and the American Chemical Society all support the teaching of evolution as scientific fact, and consider it more scientifically credible than creationism or intelligent design.

In a statement on evolution and creationism, the American Anthropological Association explains, “As is the case with other scholars, our goals in teaching evolution are to instruct, not to indoctrinate. Anthropologists seek to inculcate a critical understanding of how scientists and other scholars think and work, so that our students will be able to employ anthropological reasoning and methods in their own thinking and research. All students, regardless of religious belief, as a matter of scientific literacy should understand basic principles of anthropology and other sciences relevant to evolution.”

A few years back, National Geographic Magazine ran a cover story entitled, “Was Darwin Wrong?” The conclusion was the very first sentence of the article, “No. The evidence for evolution is overwhelming.”

The evolution-creationism non-debate continues to rage in our society as if creationists and proponents of intelligent design had objective, peer-reviewed and scientifically tested evidence to support their claims as scientific truth. They do not. If creationists or proponents of intelligent design had evidence, that had withstood scrutiny, proving Genesis 1:1 other than Genesis 1:1, they would be parading it down streets and in lecture halls across America’s universities.

They do not. Instead they, like Kentucky’s lawmakers, insist that evolution is “only a theory,” apparently ignorant that gravity is also “only a theory.” Somehow I don’t imagine the state legislature worries about floating off the face of the Earth on a daily basis.

Claims like Waide’s that evolution is something that Darwin made up and has never stood up to scientific scrutiny are simply embarrassing to Kentuckians who think rationally about the world and their place in it. It is another blow in a series of black eyes for the bluegrass state, the home of the Creation Museum and Ken Ham’s Answers in Genesis ministry that claims the Earth is merely 6,000 years old and that humans and dinosaurs coexisted. Ham’s next project is a massive 500-foot by 75-foot replica of Noah’s Ark that is receiving $43 million dollar tax break under Democratic governor Steve BeShear. That same budget cut $50 million from K-12 school funding, according to a Kentucky.com article. The Ark tourist attraction is reported to feature humans riding large dinosaurs on saddleback.

If we want Kentucky students to excel in their college classrooms and represent our state nationally, they must be prepared. Part of that preparation is the teaching of evolution, the basis of all modern biology. Outcries that creationism should be taught alongside evolution in a public school are only fair and valid if we then concede that all religious beliefs about universal origins should be taught in school. Of course we all know that the same people advocating creationism teaching in public schools would be horrified if their child were subjected to Hindu or Muslim creation stories. Judeo-Christian creationism is the only form of creationism that evangelicals want taught.

Religious beliefs are an important part of many people’s culture and there is a time and a place for them. That place, however, is not the classroom. Public school is not Sunday school. If we want our state to stop being the brunt of so many national jokes and stereotypes, Kentucky lawmakers need to let church and state remain separate. Let the preachers preach and let the teachers teach.

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Coupons for care: Paul Ryan’s healthcare plan would effectively dissolve Medicare

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By Lee Cole–

Who is Paul Ryan? Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel “Atlas Shrugged” begins with a similar question regarding John Galt, the mythic, capitalistic hero of her work. As Ryan has admitted he is an avowed Rand fan, the question seemed appropriate in the wake of his selection as the Republican Vice Presidential candidate.

The choice of the Wisconsin congressman as Romney’s running mate has raised a lot of questions and a lot of eyebrows. Hoping to reenergize the campaign and his conservative base, Romney made a bold pick, one that is sure to delight Tea Party affiliates. Ryan is a rising star in the GOP, having submitted his own budget plan last year as an alternative to President Obama’s budget. He’s likeable on a personal level, a clear and inspiring speaker and may have been the best possible choice by Romney as he goes head to head to President Obama. If all this weren’t enough, Ryan and Romney together look like Presidential Ken dolls. If someone isn’t working on Romney/Ryan action figures, they should be, because they are about as stereotypically presidential looking as possible.

But what are the downsides to the Ryan pick? Since the selection, Democrats including Senior Obama Adviser David Axelrod have repeated again and again that they couldn’t be happier. Why? Because this will give them the chance to run against Ryan’s controversial budget and the deep cuts it would make to Medicare.

Democratic Rep. Steve Israel of New York remarked “It was becoming challenging to try to nationalize the Ryan budget, and Mitt Romney just handed that to us.” Ryan’s plan would essentially turn Medicare into a voucher system, or what he ingeniously calls “Premium Support.” Giving it this title makes it seem more like a VIP Medicare upgrade, when in reality it would reduce it to a coupon system. People would have a fixed amount in coupons that the insurance company would allow them to put towards their bills.

Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” was his first budget attempt at gutting Medicare.

The most frightening thing about Paul Ryan is that if there was any doubt in anyone’s minds that Romney was serious about effectively taking money from the poor to be funneled into tax cuts for the wealthy, we can all be sure now with his VP pick. Ryan is dedicated to making his Ayn Rand corporate utopia fantasy a reality. Ryan has said “I really don’t have tremendous political ambition. I have policy ambition.” More recently, he was quoted saying “What matters to me is that I do what I think is right…I’m in a position where I can actually advance ideas to prevent [the debt tsunami] from happening. That’s exactly what I should be doing.” It’s almost as though Ryan thinks of himself as a John Galt figure.

budget plans would gut welfare programs and totally restructure domestic policy only to repurpose those funds for tax cuts to the wealthy and to the Defense Department. He is a knight in shining armor for Republicans, the antithesis to President Obama and as if to go beyond the call of duty in proving he’s hard core,he leads P90X classes.

In order to defeat Romney, Obama is going to have to refocus his campaign on Paul Ryan. Ryan will be the one drawing crowds to GOP events and given Romney’s boring, flaccid personality, he will become the face of the campaign. The Obama reelection campaign needs to hammer Ryan and Romney on Medicare cuts and continue to call them out on lies about the Affordable Care Act.

Paul Ryan is certainly a game-changer. Only time will tell how Romney’s decision will affect the overall outcome of the campaign and the future of Medicare as we know it.

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Followers of ‘Stop Kony’ lose motivation

By Michelle Eigenheer–

Two months after the Kony 2012 video went viral, the hype has died and Twitter feeds have since calmed down. Why is it that such a seemingly important humanitarian effort only mattered to people for a month or two?

There are a few reasons, the first being that the majority of people are followers, not doers. When a call-to-action video like the one produced by Invisible Children is released and goes viral, a lot of people watch it and want to be involved. However, the majority of these people are not self-starters. They won’t initiate action, and Invisible Children really didn’t offer that much in terms of offering ongoing help. You could share the video and buy the kit – that’s about it. So, of course people forgot about it. Whoever’s doing the PR for Invisible Children must not have really thought in terms of a future.

On top of this is that, while Invisible Children may very well be a heroic effort to reduce world problems, it’s still one of those organizations that survives on the fact that it’s “cool” to be involved with them. Like ‘To Write Love On Her Arms’ – a program with a great cause – this organization’s following is greatly made up by kids who want peace in Darfur but can’t point out the country on a map; they just know that it’s what everyone’s talking about. Don’t get me wrong, there are legitimate, caring, concerned people in these groups, but they are not the majority. Big campaigns are exciting to this group of followers, but they lose interest quickly as the fad moves on.

It probably doesn’t help the cause that Invisible Children is under some serious scrutiny as to what their funds actually work to achieve. A lot of people are criticizing the organization because they concentrate on making people aware of problems and don’t actually do anything to solve them. Also, viral videos of the founders of the company doing some questionable things came to light after the Kony 2012 campaign launched. One was of co-founder Jason Russell running through the streets of San Diego naked, vandalizing cars, masturbating in public while possibly under the influence of something. (I sure hope he was.) The San Diego police department arrested him, evaluated him and decided that he was in need of some medical aid.

Later, a statement was released by Invisible Children, explaining that he had been suffering from exhaustion, malnutrition and dehydration, triggering his meltdown.

Two weeks after this incident, a video emerged of Invisible Children’s Director of Idea Development, Jedidiah Jenkins, taking swigs from a bottle of Smirnoff vodka and bragging about how the organization had just won a million dollars and, “Here’s $100,000 for Haiti and $900,000 extra for me… Join the bandwagon.” While they later released a statement explaining that it was a “silly and unfortunate joke,” the video does lend some credibility to those who claim that Invisible Children mishandles their money.

Invisible Children may arguably do great things, but their 15 minutes of fame seems to be up. Did you know that they released a sequel to the Kony 2012 video? They did, but a significantly lower number of people seemed to care. The second installation has approximately 86 million fewer views than the original – everyone knows that the sequel is never as good.

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Resident life woes

By Marianna Michael–

Dorm life is something every kid has pictured since watching Boy Meets World. It’s painted as a place to grow up, make friends, and have fun. University of Louisville Properties offers all this and a little bit more in Community Park.

Community Park, or CP as its residents call it, is located right at the heart of Greek Row.

To some, its location is prime – but to others, not so much. During fraternity Rush Week, the doors of CP are crowded with well-dressed frat boys who refuse to leave the sidewalk for anyone who wants to get into their dorm. It’s also the who-can-turn-up-their-music-the-loudest competition. The best advice for anyone trying to focus in CP is to vacate your room and head to the relatively empty library. Luckily, those festivities only last one week and normal life resumes at its end.

The main things that residents have to combat now that the weather is nice outside are the random pick-me-up games that usually include the throwing of some object. People crossing through the courtyard should watch out for the flying whiffle ball/volleyball/Frisbee that may be making its way to their heads. The number of near-misses is ridiculous, but in all fairness it is not completely the fault of whoever is playing their game. Yes, the players should watch out for people who are passing through, but those crossing the courtyard should also make sure they do not walk in the middle of a game. One might find oneself walking through a very intense light saber battle on their way to get to their room—it does happen.

As annoying as Rush Week can be, it’s not the greatest source of resident problems. What is going on with unexplained fire evacuations? Sure, we’re supposed to be prepared at a moment’s notice in case of emergency – but how about letting us know beforehand (if it’s a drill) so we’re not in the shower? No student living on-campus can forget the evacuation that happened at 1 AM in the pouring rain during finals week. This evacuation was never explained – what are the chances of a planned fire drill during finals week? It’s not unreasonable for someone who is living in a complex to want to know what is going on in his/her building – it wouldn’t take a lot of time or effort to type up a brief explanation of why the fire alarms went off. Even if these events are just drills, it would be nice to know there isn’t a something life-threatening happening in the building.

Especially affecting residents of Bettie Johnson and Cardinal Towne is the random, early-bird protesters outside of the Cardinal Towne restaurants. The most common protests are outside Jimmy Johns and Cluckers – chants can be heard throughout the residence areas nearby. On top of this, they pose an obstacle when getting to class. Their right to protest should not interfere with the right of students to get to class.

Another issue that can arise is the in-house printing that is supposed to be available. Many students have planned to use the free printer in the lobby only to find out that it was out of ink or out of order. Depending on how much time the resident has, most run to one of the other ULP properties or go straight to the library. Having to fix the printer when it is broken is an understandable dilemma, but running out of ink is something that whoever is in charge of the printer could prepare for.

One of residents’ favorite parts about living on campus is the random (and few) times when the water or electricity has to be shut off for an undisclosed amount of time. In addition to the obvious reasons why this is an inconvenience, it is quite horrible when you are writing a paper and need to plug in your computer but are unable to. Luckily ULP does a decent job of getting everything up and running in as little time as possible.

Apart from these minor interruptions to daily life, living on campus can be pretty great. Being just minutes from class and avoiding the stress of landlords are among the many benefits, but resident life could be much better if these problems were avoided.

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Apartment do’s and don’ts

By Michelle Eigenheer–

Going to college at a metro university such as the University of Louisville can pose a challenge when it comes to student housing. Boxed in on all sides, it’s hard for U of L to spread out and build more student housing accommodations. Old Louisville, pushing against Bettie Johnson and Cardinal Towne, offers alternative housing options for students.

However, Cardinals looking for their own apartment must remember that the people who rent to students are running businesses and looking for profit. There are many things to look for to ensure that signing a year-long lease doesn’t turn into a year of residential hell.

Cartoon illustration by Michael Layman/The Louisville Cardinal

Here are some things to look out for when you rent:

If you’re renting from a management agency, check out their reviews.

Finding out the reputation of a property management company is important if you want to avoid stress in the long run. How fast does their maintenance team respond? Do they like to drop in unexpectedly? Do they have any questionable business practices? These are all important questions.

Consumer report websites such as angieslist.com will give you both good and bad opinions from real clients.

Angie’s List has a fee, but $2.75 will get you a month’s worth of review – Enough time to find your new home. You can also ask around and find some stories from people at U of L – Try posting something on Twitter or Facebook.
Flush the toilet.

Also, run all of the faucets, turn on the shower and check the electrical.

By running all of the faucets at the same time, you can make sure that the water pressure is good and you won’t have to deal with conditioner in your hair because your roommate decided to do dishes in the middle of your shower.

The electrical should be checked to be sure that it’s in good shape. Otherwise, you may have to deal with flipping a breaker every time someone tries to blowdry their hair, or even dealing with electrical fires from inadequate wiring.

Watch out for mold.

If you walk into an apartment and it smells musty, there might be a mold issue. A lot of the spaces in Old Louisville are just that – old. These houses have had decades to let mold settle into the walls and ceilings. If you see any discoloration in the drywall, you may want to steer clear. Be sure to check around any water sources: sinks, toilets, and especially showers. The ceilings are important to check, too. In multi-story buildings, leaks can occur and settle into the beams, creating a breeding ground for mold. You don’t want to spend a year breathing in spores that can not only aggravate allergies, but become toxic as well.

Check the sex offender registry.

Cities are dangerous places, and the University of Louisville is no exception. It’s important to set yourself up in the safest situation possible, so checking a sex offender registry should go on your to-do list so that you don’t end up living right on top of a convicted rapist. Websites like familywatchdog.us and kspsor.state.ky.us allow you to enter an address and view all registered sex offenders within your area, even labeling them by offense.

Don’t give out your bank information.

Many management companies offer deals to tenants if they sign up for a direct payment system, allowing the company to pull rent money directly from their bank accounts. While this may seem like a great idea, it’s not. You should never hand out access to your bank account. Doing this opens a do that may allow the company to scam you or take more money from you when your lease is up. If you do sign up for this service and something goes wrong, contact your bank immediately – they have ways of retrieving your money from the company.

Being on your own for the first time is a big step for some. It’s important to know what to watch out for when finding a new place to call home. Don’t let a good first impression trap you into a bad living situation.

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Cardinal politics: Is the economy decreasing young voter turnout in 2012?

By Anna Meany–

Comparing political enthusiasm in young voters of 2012 to that of those in 2008 is difficult. Even though I was only 17, I rallied behind Barack Obama and the democrat party in support of a new administration. Now, four years later, even I find it hard to get passionate about politics.

In a recent article published on NPR’s website, Cheryl Russell studies the shocking facts that show how and why young adults lack in voter turnout.

Cheryl Russell claims that the delay of adulthood is correlated to the lack of young voters. Those who haven’t gotten married, purchased a home or chosen and begun a career are less likely to vote in all elections. I totally agree with her when she says that the economic downturn “has turned money, marriage and homeownership into an impossible dream.” But is it the continuing economic downturn, or the mistrust of government and market regulators that prevents any economic growth?

While market instability is prevalent, societal paranoia keeps us from trusting the economy. I’m not arguing that we’re flourishing, but I shouldn’t be criticized for claiming that the recession isn’t affecting everyone; my dad was promoted this past year. The fear of economic failure is keeping young Americans from financial and political involvement.

But pointing blame towards the economy is unfair; historically, the amount of young voters won’t compare to that of other age groups. I fully intend on helping reelect President Barack Obama this November, but how can he win again without young voters? In 2008 – a time when economic uncertainty fueled fear in people across the nation – the under-30 American vote increased by 46 percent, according to the Census Bureau, to help elect Barack Obama. It’s not that we’re uninvolved – as seen by recent SGA elections on Louisville’s campus, we have huge ideas and changes to implement. Is Obama’s campaign strategy capable of reigniting political involvement in young voters and keeping control in Washington? And if not, can those rallying behind Obama find enough support to prevent crazies like Romney and Santorum from winning?

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The Party Scene: Looking for love in the wrong places

By Michael Baldwin–

Sexual objectification and binge drinking mark house and venue parties organized by fraternities. I couldn’t believe that the naughty schoolgirl party, a Tau Kappa Epsilon ten-year tradition, is a publicized event.

What woman would willingly dress like that for simple amusement of their male peers? Where are those who don’t prefer dressing as sexually promiscuous children to have fun? What does this, and other party trends, say about women? If women wish to be objectified, this article is pointless. I would hate to think of our culture as being so male dominated that women will do whatever necessary for male attention.

Needless to say, it’s difficult to meet someone and have a deep conversation while your groin is grinding against their bum for hours, while trying to speak over the same three LMFAO tracks blasting in the background. This situation isn’t limited to the aforementioned event. Some frats advertise for themed parties, usually ones that are sexual in nature. This seems to be the trick to get scantily dressed women out to parties. Since the music is too loud to get to know someone, patrons judge strictly on looks. What if the person you have been grinding on for the last three hours has starkly different ideals than you when it comes to education reform?

What are people looking for when they go to these parties? It seems like there’s a huge divide on reasons for party attendance. While some go to look for fun, others troll the dance floor looking for random hook-ups. Are some looking for real relationships or a hook up that won’t mean anything to either one of you? This can open up an entire new discussion: What ever happened to love? Where is the romance? I feel as people, we deserve a little better than one night stands. However, if a random hook up is what you’re looking for, then go for it. And make sure to make your intentions known to the person you’re trying to take home.

Where are we going to draw the line for parties like the naughty school girl party? If women are going to keep showing up, how far can the fraternities push it? What other sexual desires are they going to turn into parties? If they don’t stop these soon, be on the lookout for the foot fetish sock hop, the bondage bash 2012 and the ménage à trois mixer.

Cartoon by Michael Layman/The Louisville Cardinal


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Professors stuck in the Stone Age: coping with classroom technology

By Kassie Roberts–

As the new semester begins, many students look forward to new classes. A new semester brings a fresh start and another chance to get the most from tuition costs.

Unfortunately, the least obvious deterrent to class time is the most important part: Professors. Specifically, professors in so-called “smart” classrooms don’t know how to use the equipment and hinder the classroom experience.

Electronic media has entered the classroom as an integral teaching device. Many professors use powerpoints to get notes to students in class, to watch videos or review the syllabus. While technology in the classroom is a fantastic way to relay information, it is a hindrance when the professor doesn’t even know how to plug a laptop into the projector. Students are losing class time when forced to wait on professors and their struggle with technology.

This is not only a waste of time but also a waste of money. Whether students are paying out of their own pocket, parents are chipping in or a students earned scholarships, money is lost when instruction time is lost. To solve this problem, professors who intend to use the “smart” aspect of their classroom should be required to know how to competently use the technology involved. A good deal of time would be saved if a professor simply knew how to plug a laptop into the projector and display it. Numerous times, classes have been delayed because a professor hit a wrong button and had to wait for iTech Express to come and fix the problem.

With Blackboard and student issues, these workers have enough to deal with without having to do simple tasks in order for class to start. If professors were required to learn the basic functions, so much class time would be saved. When a class only lasts for little more than an hour, every minute is precious. To fix this problem of lost class time, professors should be educated on the university’s new technology.

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The hipster paradox: Underground goes mainstream

 

By Michelle Eigenheer–

The term “hipster” is one often used in today’s pop culture to describe a certain type of person – this person can typically be identified by clothing that appears to have come out of a 1990’s Goodwill, non-prescription glasses reminiscent of Buddy Holly, and a taste for obscure underground music. The ideological foundation of these hipsters is to avoid the mainstream. Paradoxically, they have actually become the mainstream — as popular as scene kids once were.

Hipsters like to be ironic in a way that becomes very sad and slightly irritating. Wearing ugly Christmas sweaters in October and drinking PBR not because you’re actually saving money, but because it’s cheap beer, are not really cool things to do. And yet, there are so many who partake in this. Also, getting sailor tattoos does not turn a hipster into an actual sailor, or anything else cool. While clothing is an expression of personality, many wonder why this group dresses in a way alluding to Steve Urkel.

When speaking of hipsters, it’s important to bring up music. Hipsters don’t like to listen to things that other people like. Should a hipster’s favorite band play on the radio, that band pretty much immediately loses legitimacy within the hipster community. This is an unfair way to treat the sanctity of music – a fan should not punish a musician because their work is gaining success and recognition, but perhaps the musician must be ostracized for becoming mainstream.

It’s clear that hipster tendencies have become the norm; trends like scruffy beards, bicycles, and bad tattoos dominate the campus scene.

Countless jokes can be made about hipsters, and while many have a feeling of general loathing towards this subculture, their numbers continue to grow. Even though the basic persona of a hipster is that of a pretentious jerk, people still want to emulate them and their unique, or not so unique, style.

To learn more, go to Youtube – if it’s not too mainstream for you – and check out the Mixed Company of Yale’s satirical documentary on the hipster way of life. It’s highly educational.

LEFT: Hipsters value all things “anti-mainstream.”
Unfortunately for them, hipster fashion and the pro-underground attitude have become popular enough to become “mainstream.”
The cartoon to the left pokes fun at the hipster-esque loathing of all things popular.

 

Cartoon by Michael Layman/The Louisville Cardinal

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