Monday, January 29, 2007

The Rise of the Blipster and the Controversy It Has Stirred

There is even a new word for black fans of indie rock: “blipster,” which was added to last summer, defined as “a person who is black and also can be stereotyped by appearance, musical taste, and/or social scene as a hipster.”

Since when should listeners of music be defined and categorized based upon their race? That is the burning controversy recently spawned by the above New York Times passage (in addition to many others) in this January 28th article. The article, as it turns out, focuses on the role race plays among listeners of indie rock. And to say the least, it has a whole bunch of other bloggers quite aggravated.

If anything, the article is a great read that takes an introspective look at what really is the collective identity of hipster music today. Read the whole thing here.

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