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Jean-Philippe Delhomme: The Unknown Hipster

Jean-Philippe Delhomme: The Unknown Hipster

The basic construct of your average “Hipster” is one who avoids labels and being labeled. Hipster is a slang term that first appeared in the 1940s, and was revived in the 1990s and 2000s often to describe types of young, recently-settled urban middle class adults and older teenagers with interests in non-mainstream  fashion and culture, particularly alternative music, indie rock, independent film.

“Hipsters are the friends who sneer when you cop to liking Coldplay. They’re the people who wear t-shirts silk-screened with quotes from movies you’ve never heard of and the only ones in America who still think Pabst Blue Ribbon is a good beer. They sport cowboy hats and berets and think Kanye West stole their sunglasses. Everything about them is exactingly constructed to give off the vibe that they just don’t care.”
— Time, July 2009

Julia Plevin of the Huffington Post argues that the “definition of ‘hipster’ remains opaque to anyone outside this self-proclaiming, highly-selective circle”. She claims that the “whole point of hipsters is that they avoid labels and being labeled. However, they all dress the same and act the same and conform in their non-conformity” to an “iconic carefully created sloppy vintage look”.

Saturday Night Life recently aired a brilliantly scripted and delightfully executed skit that I believe will sum up the “Hipster” quite well. Update City Correspondent Stefon shares his family tourist picks.

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Former child actor, Bug Hall, played Alfalfa in  “The Little Rascals” movie which was an update of the classic 1929-1938 shorts the “Our Gang Comedies”. Hall is now quite grown and apparently posting quite naked self pics on the internets! What would Darla say!

Keep in mind the pics are very NSFW!

OMG Blog came across Hall’s spread and subsequently shared them with the rest of us.

Oh, that little rascal! No, really, a Little Rascal! Bug Hall played Alfalfa in The Little Rascals move, which I did not see, and now, according to a tipster, he’s all grown up, pierced, shorn and tattooed, and putting his extremely nude pictures all over a very skanky, NSFW personals site called XPeeps.

The pictures are after the jump. Unfortunately, I don’t really recognize Bug without his famous cowlick, so I’ll need some readers to verify that this is really him. His Xpeeps profile is here, but you can’t access most of his pictures unless you sign up, which I’m not about to do.

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On August 1, 1981, at 12:01 a.m., MTV: Music Television launched this new form of media with the words “Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll,” spoken by John Lack. This was appropriately followed by the first music video, “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles. That can easily be seen as the definitive change in how a large portion of society interacted with music…because viewing a music video is agreeably an interactive experience. The sights, the musical metaphors played out on screen causing the connection to the artist that much more visceral.

So it shall be with print media…

Those remotely familiar with the humble beginnings of Twitter would agree it was an “in like a lamb” scenario. What began as a “daylong brainstorming session” in 2006 that was held by board members of Odeo, a podcasting company, to break their collective creative slump, Twitter was born. The father of the fledgling “Twitter” is 33 year old Jack Dorsey, an American  software architect and businessperson, had introduced the idea of an individual using an SMS service to communicate with a small group.

Speaking on the inception of “Twitter”, Dorsey says:

The working name was just “Status” for a while. It actually didn’t have a name. We were trying to name it, and mobile was a big aspect of the product early on … We liked the SMS aspect, and how you could update from anywhere and receive from anywhere.

We wanted to capture that in the name—we wanted to capture that feeling: the physical sensation that you’re buzzing your friend’s pocket. It’s like buzzing all over the world. So we did a bunch of name-storming, and we came up with the word “twitch,” because the phone kind of vibrates when it moves. But “twitch” is not a good product name because it doesn’t bring up the right imagery. So we looked in the dictionary for words around it, and we came across the word “twitter,” and it was just perfect. The definition was “a short burst of inconsequential information,” and “chirps from birds.” And that’s exactly what the product was.

According to the most recent figures released, Twitter has 105 million registered users — and counting! So while “Twitter” entered the media scene like a lamb, it has become a lion with no signs of exiting. Twitter is used by everyone from the arbitrary youth as a conversational tool to major brands for advertising and news agencies as a means of immediately distributing breaking stories.

I personally am not a huge fan of raw statistics but Mashable.com recently rolled out some that are too compelling to overlook. Based on a sample of 2,259 adults, of those who find news online 75% get it either forwarded through e-mail or posts on social networking sites, and half of them (52%) forward the news through those means.

According to the report, 59% of those surveyed get news from a combination of online and offline sources. 7% are getting information from a single media platform and 46% of Americans claim they get news from four to six media platforms on a typical day. When you drill it down even more:

  • 78% of Americans say they get news from a local TV station
  • 61% of users get news online
  • 17% (yes, that few) claim they read news in a national newspaper such as The New York Times or USA Today

These numbers are in constant flux because the more advances made in means of online delivery fewer and fewer people actually defer to physical print media.

So how does Twitter fit into all of this? With many news agencies dictating that it’s journalists must utilize social media platforms such as Twitter. For example, Peter Horrocks, the new director of BBC Global, has informed all of the BBC news journalists to use social media as a primary source of information. Horrocks said it was important for editorial staff to make better use of social media and become more collaborative in producing stories.

In Ariel, the weekly in-house staff newspaper for the BBC, Horrocks said:

This isn’t just a kind of fad from someone who’s an enthusiast of technology. I’m afraid you’re not doing your job if you can’t do those things. It’s not discretionary.

In Reuters’ “Handbook of Journalism”, there is a section on “Reporting from the Internet and using social media” that includes the do’s and don’ts of Twitter use. For example:

There are several ways in which Reuters News journalists are using Twitter to micro-blog as part of their professional duties:

  • Specialist journalists use Twitter to share articles and build up a following (see twitter.com/reutersBenHir and twitter.com/bobbymacReports)
  • Online Editorial staff and bloggers use Twitter to distribute news and solicit reader comment (see twitter.com/mediafile, twitter.com/Reuters_FluNews and twitter.com/reuters_co_uk)
  • Reuters journalists are using Twitter during live events such as Davos and to solicit questions for newsmaker interviews

With every major news agency utilizing new media to disseminate breaking news, continuing stories, and every inconsequential piece of information imaginable what will happen to those agencies who opt out of using platforms like Twitter or Facebook…Well, I’ll let Trevor Horn explain it in song.

Credit Steve Granitz/WireImage

Credit Steve Granitz/WireImage

The fun people over at SciFiWire.com are reporting that Iron Man’s Robert Downey Jr. could potentially be staring as OZ in the rather controversial franchise revamp of “The Wizard of Oz”.

Director Sam Mendes will direct Oz the Great and Powerful, with Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. “circling to play the Wizard,” Production Weekly reported on Twitter.

The film is a prequel to the 1939 The Wizard of Oz, and the offer has gone out to Downey, The Playlist reported.

The family friendly project (duh), previously known as “Oz,” is set up over at the WB’s New Line banner and is based around a script by Darren Lemke (“Shrek Forever After,” “Jack The Giant Killer”). Naturally, details on this are tight for now.

The movie is one of two proposed Oz-themed movies in the works

Go behind-the-scenes of the season premiere with a 13-minute episode of Doctor Who Confidential.

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