Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Growing Urban Cancer

As I was surfing around today, keeping a weather-eye on the world as my manner is, I chanced upon the following:

It is the website of a Real New Yorker. Specifically, a Brooklynite who is madder than hell about the devouring plague of young, parentally-bankrolled, bohemian, artsy-fartsy, loft-dwelling, roof-partying, gentrifying children of the Ruling Class (from Upper Trustfund, Connecticut or Latte-Liberalville, Oregon) known as "hipsters" - who are invading his old, beloved neighborhoods like bedbugs, and driving out the regular working folk who have always lived there.

I recently blogged about the Ruling Class—in fact, very recently. Do you recall?

And these new-fangled young 'uns are not simply the spawn of the Ruling Class: they are themselves (by their own ipse dixit) the cultural ruling class! Yes, I once heard one of them say exactly that very thing! That's pretty hard to take, isn't it?

The author of the Diehipster blog sketches, for our educational benefit, the contours of a new social war zone which is shaping up not only in Brooklyn, but in cities (and entire regions) everywhere. And yes: by way of confirmation, I can vouch that Portland, Oregon (in my neck of the woods) was NOT always what it is now!

And the solution to the hipster-bedbug invasion? Diehipster has a modest proposal, which he iterates periodically: turn them into dogfood! And Diehipster has a string of other fiendish methods up his sleeve, which you'll learn about if you spend some time at his website.

You will find that a very large proportion of the ditzy, pompous, arrogant, privileged young third-wave feminists whom we so dearly love - including many of your fave bloggers! - seep from the very same social layers we have been considering. "Guilty lefties", as a rule, originate further up the socioeconomic ladder—and the higher on the ladder, the greater the concentration of such people. This inclines me to suspect that they feel guilty precisely because they are more likely to have a reason to do so! And external consideration of their cultural behaviors would appear to bear this out.

Amanda Marcotte, the feminist blogger at pandagon.netand member of the Ruling Class—who royally stuck her foot in her mouth on the subject of false rape accusations, has deserted her native Texas and settled into one of the hipster enclaves in Brooklyn. Too many Republicans and rednecks in Texas, don'cha know? And even though Austin is also a hipster enclave, the Big Apple must be quite the change for a Texas gal like Amanda—and besides, Jessica Valenti lives practically next door, in Queens, so the two of them can hang out! Cool, huh?

Here we see Amanda in her new "digs"—she hasn't quite unpacked yet. And hey, look . . she even has a cat!

I'm certain that Amanda will enjoy a fun, stimulating lifestyle among the smart, cool, avant-garde critters who compose the bulk of her new neighbors. And when she is out and about, I've no doubt she will savor the residual ambiance of urban grittiness that lingers as a memory of former times. I, too, dig that kind of ambiance!

So, I wonder how much Amanda pays for that flat, and what Average Working Joe paid for it back in the day?


Anonymous pete said...

make note of the boxes of "BOOKS" and the art.

2:26 PM  
Blogger Fidelbogen said...

Yes. "BOOKS" and art are too good for the likes of her. . .

3:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are more than likely props.

5:21 AM  
Blogger ScareCrow said...

Looks more like she is sitting on a toilet.

Especially with that pained expression on her face...

10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fidelbogen, have you bread this?

and this?

11:11 AM  
Anonymous Jim said...

Cultural ruling elite? Wouldn't they need to have a culture for that?

1:55 PM  
Blogger Fidelbogen said...


Have I bread that? No, but the recipe sounds intriguing! ;)

2:04 PM  
Blogger Fidelbogen said...


Well. . .ALL humans have "culture" of one sort or another; strictly speaking, nobody is devoid of culture.

And... they ARE (like it or not) the offspring of the culturally hegemonic group in society - the Bobo (Bourgeois-Bohemian) demographic configuration which has emerged from the cultural paradigm-shifting of the 1960s.

So in that sense, pragmatically, they are indeed (like it or not) the "cultural ruling class". . or part of it, anyway.

And besides, they are like. . . waaaay hip to the latest music, dooood!

3:13 PM  
Blogger Fidelbogen said...

Per the Marcotte pic:

Take note of her SHOES... and how they combine with the rest of her attire.

To my eye, it fairly screams "upper-middle-class with populist pretension."

I am sure Amanda would snippily inform us that she "lives well"- with a double-loaded innuendo encompassing both self-congratulation and accusation.

7:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fidelbogen said...

Have I bread that? No, but the recipe sounds intriguing! ;)

2:04 PM

I meant "read". I was extremely exhausted when I posted that and the links. My missons don't allow me to get enough sleep but, a warrior must go on.

11:35 AM  

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