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Reflective Exercises

Reflective Statements:

-I have been struggling with selecting sources in my research that support and simultaneously provide tension in my paper, but now by searching for sources with ideas deviant from mine I have found a balance.

Free Write Post

My efforts for the final essay were concentrated in the beginning of the writing process on an introduction and thesis. Since the purpose to the essay was to define what is hip, I felt that a strong and precise thesis to be necessary. Additionally, I wanted my introduction to clearly lay out how hip could be found in society. Therefore, I chose to answer extensively the questions from the essay guide in order to generate a more comprehensive thesis and introduction. Answering said questions, I found that my introduction and thesis set out a clear path for me to follow in my writing, allowing me to tie together hip origins, subculture, and societal relations together with ease. Approaching this essay with more mindfulness in regards to the research rewarded me, for I had solid sources that supported my theses; consequently, I was able to utilize interpretative commentary to broaden my paper. I enjoyed this technique, because my paper took on more than one dimension. After my first two papers, where I felt that I had respectively good analysis and decent conversation between sources, my final essay was a combination of the two. However, for the future I wish to utilize more dynamic or challenging sources to work; in other words, I want work with sources that don’t directly support my thesis, but instead provide alternate opinions or lines of thought through which I can develop my paper.



Creative Project Idea

For my creative project idea I would like to design a collage that represents the different interpretations of hip. Through my theory that hip is a human phenomenon that allows for individuals to distinguish themselves in society, I want to embody the different methods or manners in which a person can be hip. Therefore, I want to show how people from different classes and ethnicities demonstrate hip sensibilities, or attempt to distinguish themselves, from the rich embracing politics to the middle-class vacationing to the lower-class adopting trendy styles. This may seem stereotyped or perhaps offensive, but I am seeking a unique or specific way in which classes tend to be hip.



Reevaluation of Hip


What is hip? In the first writing assignment of the semester where the class had to answer the question “What is hip?” I defined hip as something very different than what I would define it as now after these past two units. Back in my first writing project I considered hip to be up to date on…

The emphasis on hip is interesting, because while I believe that hip is intimately tied to subculture, I am not sure that it is itself a “subculture”. Hip is something inherently recognized and used by people—its essence lies in the manners in which people make distinctions amongst material items, ideas, and most importantly, themselves. The idea of hip people, particularly hipsters, wanting to stay away from the mainstream has more to do with a desire to remain distinguished. If we view hip more as the core or root of how society parses out attention, then hip can be recognized as a phenomenon integral to how people function in everyday life. Therefore, hip is less of something tied to one faction, such as the varied types of hipsters, and it is more of an abstract manifestation of how people inherently wish for some separation amongst themselves.



Reevaluating the Concept of Hip

I proposed within our initial assignment to address “what is hip” that there are categories of hip people. A hip individual does not necessarily fit one mold only, in fact this person may navigate between many different variations of what it means to be hip. However, I still believe that there are some defining traits of what it means to be hip: a conscious for style or fashion, a need to be “in the know,” and a desire to elevate one’s status. Linking these traits is a new characteristic that has been revealed to me, and this is the quest for a higher status. My analysis of my music video allowed me to realize that much of hip revolves around an almost omnipresent chase for that which will elevates a person’s status. Many of the readings assigned to the class have either directly or indirectly alluded to that forges this concept of hip. Thus, I have discovered that hip goes beyond fashion—clothing and accessories are but accessories themselves to hip—and that truly hip is about a person lifting his or herself above others, or onto the same level. John Leland allowed me to understand a person’s pursuit of nobility, and how this more than anything else deems what is and isn’t hip. For example, having wealth is something of bottom line for hip; a rich person can inherently be hip simply because he or she possesses lots of money. However, how does a rich person elevate their status, or what does a rich person deem as hip? Well, perhaps it’s a larger more fancy house, expensive cars, grand vacations. More likely though, it’s information or knowledge. Knowledge that none other has is power. Therefore, hip may be tied to power, but let’s stay with the idea of wealth as the bottom line and knowledge as the elevating factor. Now we can understand where fashion comes into play. A vintage shirt conveys wealth and subsequently power, yet a working-class or lower middle-class may not be able to afford such a shirt. However, that’s why there are thrift shops and why “thrifting” is such a huge hit because it affords those who are not rich the opportunity to taste wealth and power. Thrift shops are only one example, but they embody this concept of elevating one’s status. Similarly, the possession of little-known knowledge is to be treasured, for it gives even those who are not rich an status boost. If you know what the politics or affairs are of another country, state, city, town, or person are, then you have power, and your status is raised. It is my belief that hip can now be known as a manifestation of the inherent class differences of the United States and the general inequality that is present in the world.



The Class Dimension of Hip Rebellion: EBSCOhost

This article covers the ‘dimensions’ of hip and hip rebellion i.e. how hipsters are typically middle-class professionals. As such, these people can either find themselves more united with the working class, or farther apart from those blue-collar folks. Using this article, I can help unite Spike Lee’s sort of extreme view/tirade on the hipster-gentrification dynamic with opinion and insight of M. Dot and Kristen Iversen.

Reconstructing the authenticity of place: EBSCOhost

Article discusses the background for gentrification and the factors that create differences in culture. This article may provide dynamic conversation for my essay in terms of backing away from hipster influence and investigating what gentrification means in terms of people and culture

‘We won't move’: The suburbs take back the center in urban Johannesburg: EBSCOhost

gentrification in johannesburg and involves some conversation about hipster influence



Disputing the Ties of Gentrification of With 'White Hipsters'

Guest author on this page, M. Dot, strongly opposes the notion that race is at the heart of the phenomenon that is gentrification. Instead, Dot advocates using history to understand the process and reasoning for gentrification. Certainly, Dot gives a different view on why gentrification occurs; Dot believes that gentrification stems more from those who are willing to pay an increased rent or more taxes, and that it isn’t necessarily ‘white hipsters’ at the heart of the matter. However, I believe that this person’s upbringing may be blinding astute observation, because Dot mentions growing up and living on only $5,800 for one year—and wishing to become a gentrifying force. Well, you must ask yourself why an area would start to morph, why businesses would decide to begin reinvesting? What is the catalyst for this development? Surely, it is not ‘white hipsters 10 times out of 10, yet might it not be 5? And is 5 not an awfully large percentage of the whole? Hipsters certainly do not constitute the whole of the cause for gentrification, for the presence of a college (which undoubtedly has hipsters of some form) may be enough to entice some enterprising business or housing development, and from there an escalation of reinvestment in the area occurs. We want to utilize good analysis, so let’s not wholeheartedly say that hipsters and even indie cultural are the root of gentrification, but we ought to be able to, without fault, agree that hipsters and indie culture play a significant part in gentrification.