everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted. - albert einstein

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While I agree that “the hipster is a walking citation” and maybe even that “ironic living is a first-world problem,” and while I, too, value authentic human interaction and engagement with the world (I am, after all, a reformed sincerity-hawk)…there are so many problems with this piece that I don’t even know where to begin. (For a start, what’s up with the nostalgia for a time when fashion was not about nostalgia?)

The phenomenon of hipster-hatred is worth a study unto itself - how is it that the hipster has become the emblem of all things wrong with society? In my book, while apathy and cynicism are inherently poisonous, irony, sarcasm, and self-awareness are not - with everything in moderation, of course. 

The idea of a meme is itself new. Coined in 1976, the word “meme” – something that spreads rapidly through a culture – was restricted to scientific contexts until the mid-1990s, according to the Nexis database. Since then the usage of the word has exploded, more than tripling in the last five years.
I love when the NYT explains things. Also, apparently Tumblr is a big thing and if you’re good you can get noticed and even get a job! Who knew?