Franco has nothing to do with the overwhelming desire for Hipsters.
This photo of James Franco has nothing to do with this good article about America’s continually growing desire for everything Hipster and its inevitable tipping point.. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t read it anyway.
The LA Times examines in hard numbers America’s turn to Hipsterdom.
Below is an excerpt….read it all here.
It turns out America still makes something.
That would be: hipsters. And the numbers say the world can’t get enough of ‘em.
According to Google search data examined by the Los Angeles Times, global searches for “hipster” and “hipster”-related topics are soaring toward an all-time high in 2012. Worldwide, searches have tripled in the last three years with no signs of slowing.
This despite the fact that barely anybody knows what a “hipster” is. Hipsters started out as a mostly white, mostly urban, mostly obscure-music-listening, vintage-clothes-wearing youth subculture. Now they seem to be something else. (More on that later.)
Nonetheless, we can safely say, using math, that the vague concept of “hipsters” has officially become a rock-solid item of mainstream fixation.
Google Trends data isn’t exactly scientific — hipster searches don’t necessarily equal hipsterdom. But because the U.S. Census doesn’t seem to count youths who drink Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and ride vintage bikes as a distinct type of person, stats from the popular search giant don’t seem a bad place to start.
And what those stats suggest is that the top five American hipster-infatuated cities over the last year — adjusted for population — have been Portland, Ore., Austin, Texas, Minneapolis, San Francisco and San Diego….