feb 4


Village Voice does something linkable: Interview with Carles of Hipster Runoff. The guy uses square quotes like there's no tomorrow: "I don't think I'm looking to 'shame' people. I just think that 'being yourself' is a bold decision. However, the decision to declare 'yourself' can leave you vulnerable to criticism. Not sure if that has to do with our modern world or if it has 'always been that way.' So whether you attach yourself to a band, an idea, a fashion sense, or a general aesthetic, I feel like we're all open to criticism and analysis from various perspectives. I just feel like in our world, 'how you present yourself' matters more than ever to everyone else but you." [via]


Scare quotes. Or, wait, did you just invent a neologism?

posted by Robin at 1:42 PM on February 4, 2009


But you know what, I'm not fixing this one!

posted by Rex at 1:45 PM on February 4, 2009

I just feel like in our world, "how you present yourself" matters more than ever to everyone else but you.

What navel gazing bullshit. It's almost the exact opposite of the truth: "nobody cares but you" - unless "their" "world" is just incredibly small - much smaller than they care to realise.

Is my leaving this comment a "bold decision?" Hell no, it's not. I'm just killing some time.

posted by CRZ at 2:10 PM on February 4, 2009

I so hope it was my comment spam that got me the via. Anyway, I also really liked this part:

I think that the "music criticism economy" has changed somewhat in "the Internet age," though I don't even really remember life before the Internet. There are always going to be people who appreciate high-level analysis, but I don't think the generations after Gen-Y will have the intellectual capacity or even just the "ability to pay attention to something for more than 30 seconds." The perception of music criticism seems to have shifted to a "product review by someone who cares too much."

posted by katiebakes at 2:11 PM on February 4, 2009

ALSO! Rob Harvilla also wrote my favorite thing that has ever been in the Village Voice ever. Do with that information what you will.

posted by katiebakes at 2:29 PM on February 4, 2009

I think that "Carles" should be in squarequotes.

posted by josh at 2:44 PM on February 4, 2009

Short story idea: Anonymous decides to expose/destroy Carles, because there is only room on the internet for one entity that is so terminally ironic.

posted by Jared at 3:26 PM on February 4, 2009

Bakes: that was probably the last time I linked to the Voice.

posted by Rex at 3:39 PM on February 4, 2009

OMG i read the village voice back in the early 1960's talk about feeling dated...

posted by thehuntingdog at 12:43 AM on February 6, 2009

home business ideas

posted by marin at 9:19 AM on February 7, 2009

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