A favorite book of mine is "The Hipster Handbook". It's a book written by hipsters about hipsters making fun of hipsters. It's a book that I've read aloud in a crowd of hipsters and non-hipsters alike and have rarely heard such laughter in my life. A brief excerpt: the definition of a Hipster.
Hipster - One who possesses tastes, social attitudes and opinions deemed cool by the cool. (Note: it's is no longer recommended that one use the term "cool": a Hipster would instead say "deck".) The Hipster walks among the masses in daily life but is not apart of them and shuns or reduces to kitsch anything held dear by the mainstream. A Hipster ideally possesses no more then 2 percent body fat.
I sometimes worry about something I call "the tyranny of the hip." Holding to certain ideas or causes because... well... they ARE good ones but we don't know why we started believing in them. I call them "standing up for what's right now, instead of what's right." Standing up for the issues we are handed to us, because the rest of the world is standing up for it so we might as well try to pick a winner. Are we doing that?
Before you answer that question, I ask you to read about what's happening in Sudan. It was a story on Democracy Now! that I have to admit to not listening to very much.
<A HREF=" http://sandiego.indymedia.org/en/2004/06/104704.shtml">It's Happening Again</A>
Someone on San Diego Indymedia is asking where the solidarity groups and marches are concerning this, "The Biggest Humanitarian Disaster in the World." At the bottom of the aforementioned link he says:
"I'm all for sending U.S. and UN troops in as peacekeepers here. My question is where are you? Where are the human shields and solidarity movements with the Africans being slaughtered by these militias and tyrants? Where are the protest marches and direct actions versus the Janjaweed and other Muslim militias?
I say its because you're a bunch of hypocrits who'll make a fuss and play the victim with Israel and the US, but refuse to confront those who violate human rights when it might actually risk your own necks instead of just being deported."
We can call him a troll, but that would require us not listening to him.
We can say he's just trying to make us angry, but I ask what would his point be in doing that?
I know nothing is happening en masse because this is a new story, but this is the important thing.
I know we have our own problems, but this is well, the bigger problem.
I don't think we have to drop everything and fly to Sudan. In fact I don't think that would be good, putting ourselves in harm's way. It may be something we can't do that much or even anything about, but something needs to happen. I don't know what I'm trying to say exactly.
I guess the kind of movement we are building isn't quite ready to send numbers out to stand against this. I just hope the movement I'm building is the kind of movement that would do this if we had the numbers. I just hope we will have the numbers to send. I hope that when we do have the numbers to send, that we DO.