Minnesota hipsters: Good or evil? [POLL]

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Just like Paul Bunyan, we were Born This Way.
The internets just loaded an epithet cannon and fired it directly at all of our faces.


In an official ruling via infographic, BuzzFeed has decreed Minnesota the most hipster state in the U.S. And they offer some artful pop-culture cherry-picking as evidence.

The logic, we should point out, is a little tricky.

Apparently, we lead the nation in searches for the term "hipster," which ostensibly means we're the most confused state about what a hipster is. But while that conjures up the image of our parents typing the word in with their index fingers, according to BuzzFeed, the numbers mean we really are the "most hipster" state.

Without jumping too quickly into the defensive position, let's all calmly and collectively take a look at the post's few other key hipster indicators: lumberjack look-a-likes, bike-friendliness, farmers' markets, live theater and Juno.

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Oh, Diablo, you have undone us.
So, like, OK, fine, we're the third-largest theater market in the U.S., and Juno was written by former City Pages staffer Diablo Cody. We bested Portland for best bike city last year, which is no small feat for a community that has to spend nine months indoors. Some of this stuff we are damn proud of.

As for the "lumberjack look," see here: Some of us are lumberjacks. And we dare you to try to use the word "twee" to define Bob Dylan, Prince, Soul Asylum, Hüsker Dü and Atmosphere.

So, badge of honor or mantle of shame? You be the judge.



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16 comments
MrE85
MrE85

What I told the Strib's Kim Palmer for her story on the topic: "As a 50-plus white male suburban dweller, no one is going to mistake me for a 'hipster,'" said Robert Moffitt, who lives in Blaine. "But I do enjoy visits to the 331 Club in northeast Minneapolis, Art-a-Whirl, the artwork of Adam Turman and a good local craft beer. So, yes, it's a good thing."

Sparky
Sparky

Once Upon a Recent Time, wasn't there a similar 'study' that proved, PROVED I tell you, that Minnesota was a hotbed of white slavery and child prostitution through the analysis of photo searches connected to local IP addresses...... Turned out that the photos "analyzed" numbered something less than 150 and were hand-picked by the study authors. Web Analytics aren't worth the electrons used to create them folks......

Jay
Jay

Here's how one sociologist describes a hipster..."hipsterism fetishizes the authentic" elements of all of the "fringe movements of the postwar era—beat, hippie, punk, even grunge," and draws on the "cultural stores of every unmelted ethnicity", and "regurgitates it with a winking inauthenticity."

I'd say Minnesota is every bit of that...

Rezonator
Rezonator

I don't follow the logic that makes Minnesota the most "hipster" state simply because we led in searches for the term. Should we look up which state searched the term "nazi" most frequently, and then call them the most nazi state?

TB
TB

The whole hipster thing happened everywhere else a long time ago.Mn is behind the times as usual.

John
John

This poll is useless considering probably 90% of City Pages readers would fall into the hipster category.

Theanthological
Theanthological

Um, yeah. This is most likely people searching the term "thrifty hipster".

Christopher Beal
Christopher Beal

You're forgetting to mention their stunning conclusion, which is in bold just below the Juno bit:Conclusion:A hipster is just a Brooklynite who wishes they were from Minnesota because it’s “more real,” while genuine Minnesotans are exempt from the label.

vitajex
vitajex

I would have thought that the true indicator would be the annual per capita consumption of PBR tallboys.

Lothar
Lothar

Soooooo ... all those white slaves and child prostitutes I've got down in the basement were for nothing? Damn you, web analytics.

Lothar
Lothar

If you look at web search traffic for "vodka blackout," it's also Minnesota by a landslide. I guess that settles that.

Lothar
Lothar

Nah. It happened, went around the block, and now it's back again. Minnesota just waited until it showed up for a repeat. True genius.

Capn Crunch
Capn Crunch

If you don't agree that this is the best place ever, then move! We have gay farmers markets to prove we're #1.

vitajex
vitajex

Yes. Because all of the hipsters who know about thriftyhipster are also complete morons who don't know how to type it into their address bar.

Matt, is that you?

DudeBro
DudeBro

Or how many page views City Pages gets

guest
guest

someone's bitter...

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