A commenter asks:
I'm kind of curious if any of the commentators are under 25, and in general what people think of the rise of hipster culture in major metropolitan areas such as NY & LA, and its glorification of traditionally nerdy pursuits.
This is a good question. Any answers?
HALF SIGMA's ANSWER
Hipsters are a modern manifestation of what Paul Fussell called Class X, and thus this class is inherently not nerdy because Class X is consciously attempting to not be part of a social class while nerds are clueless as to social classes because they don't get social cues (an Asperger trait).
THE LOSER THEORY OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR
In my famous post on this subject I wrote: "A great deal of human behavior can be explained by people trying to convince themselves that they are not losers."
A commenter wrote in reponse to that post:
Is it possible to live not caring what others think? People often say "who cares what others think?" But how does one just stop caring? Merely saying you don't care won't make it so. People often proclaim to transcend class and do whatever they want, but how true are they to themselves? I think people with higher IQs are better able to transcend class distinctions and be comfortable being what society deems as a loser.
Well yes, there ARE people who live life not caring what others think, but we label them "Aspies" and say they need need mental health professionals to make them more normal.
And with regard to hipsters, a lot of them are people who are smart but were unable to compete successfully against preppies and other more successful smart types, so they become hipster in order to convince themselves that they CHOOSE this lifestyle and that they are not losers.