Hipsters respond to Princeton professor’s harsh critique of the “ironic” Millennial Generation

Millennials are hiding from life behind their hipster glasses. Or at least Princeton University Professor Christy Wampole thinks so.

In an opinion piece that appeared in the New York Times last November headlined “How to live without Irony,” she wrote, “Irony is the ethos of our age” and “the hipster is our archetype of ironic living.”

The ‘i’ in ‘iGen’ apparently stands for ironic.

This is not a compliment to hipsters. Wampole argues that “irony is the most self-defensive mode, as it allows a person to dodge responsibility for his or her choices, aesthetic and otherwise.”

Little did she know that she messed with the wrong subculture.

Self-proclaimed hipster and HuffPost Live producer Jacob Soboroff took offense to Wampole’s attack and aired his grievances publicly on HuffPost Live Thursday.

“I thought this was unduly harsh on hipsters and threw the ironic label on hipsters,” he said. “It rubbed me the wrong way.”

Jonathan Fitzgerald, author of “Not Your Mother’s Morals,” said the piece was a “punch in the stomach” during the web show. “I was so pissed off,” he added.

But after the hipsters on HuffPo were done venting about how Wampole misunderstood them, they dove into the question of whether Millennials actually are ironic.

Radical Social Entrepreneurs editor Zachary Caceres, also a guest on the show, argued that Millennials are ironic because of how “absurd” today’s world is.

In response to Wampole’s article, Caceres wrote on his website, “Our leaders regularly lie to us (the truth hurts), and people who actually tell the truth are punished by those in power.”

He continues,“We can’t find jobs and we can find even fewer that are meaningful or offer upward mobility….we’re paying off our gargantuan student debts or more likely, not being able to pay them.”

HuffPost College Senior Editor Will McGuinness also cited the atrocious youth unemployment rate as a reason. “Millennials are more than ironic, they’re pessimistic,” he noted.

In an effort to be positive, Soboroff said that Millennials could also be described as “sincere,” arguing that more and more college graduates are joining service corps like Teach for America.

But McGuinness was quick to shoot down Soboroff’s ‘Pollyanna’ interpretation of the economic situation young people are facing.

“That’s just a funnel for people who don’t have the opportunity they thought they were going to get,” he fired back.

Soboroff then threw out the word “apathy” to describe the iGeneration because “they don’t really vote.”

“Less than half show up to the polls,” he added (which is technically true – 49.3 percent of Millenials voted in the last presidential election.)

So, to put it bluntly, even Millennials think the Millennial Generation is ironic, pessimistic, and apathetic.

Cheers, iGen!

 

Comments

Leave a Reply

Walker plays April Fools' prank
Now that the 2016 presidential candidate announcement season is in full swing, likely candidate Scott Walker was able to play an April Fools’ Day prank of presidential proportions Wednesday morning. The Wisconsin Governor tweeted out that he had a “big announcement” coming up, reminiscent of  Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential announcement. Big announcement coming up at 10:00AM […]
Helen Mirren is absolutely 'anti-gun'
Well, you can add actress Helen Mirren’s name to the list of celebrities who love to shoot ‘em up on screen and rant about gun control off screen. Mirren gave a wide-ranging interview to Yahoo! Movies Monday where she spoke about everything from her love of Vin Diesel to her laundry style to her opinion […]
Tom Cotton objects to his SNL parody

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) had a problem with SNL’s spoof of him—but only because the actor selected to portray him was too short.

Maher tells PC liberals 'shut the f up'

Bill Maher's politics are not always the greatest. But when it comes to knocking down the liberal PC brigade, he is on point like no other.

SNL parodies Starbucks' race campaign

What if another company--say, Pep Boys (or Girls! Or Whatever!)--took on their own campaign to talk about gender and sexual identity?

White House

Carly Fiorina says there’s a ‘higher than 90 percent chance’ she’s running for president

Carly Fiorina’s 2016 campaign is all but certain now—and she’s making no secret as to whom she’ll be targeting.

White House promises not to use legal loophole to keep NSA spying alive if Patriot Act expires
If the Patriot Act expires, it will stop the National Security Agency’s bulk spying too. The Obama administration promised this week that it will not take advantage of a legal loophole to keep the NSA spying alive unless Congress re-authorizes the Patriot Act, Reuters reported. Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which authorizes the NSA to collect data on […]
In honor of National Puppy Day, here are the top 10 cutest presidential puppies

Today is National Puppy Day! To celebrate, we give you the top ten cutest puppies to grace the White House Lawn.

Obama: ‘By hook or by crook’ I’ll push my agenda through
This is probably not the smartest phrasing to use. President Obama had an interview with Huffington Post over the weekend and while much of the interview was his oft-repeated lines about how Republicans are the reason nothing is getting done in Washington, he added a new phrase about his legacy that is bound to raise […]
Obama tells Prince Charles that Americans like the royal family better than their own politicians

President Obama has admitted what we all already knew: Americans far prefer the Duchess of Cambridge to Michelle.

Congress

Rand Paul receives 'Constitutional Champion' award

The Constitution Project, a bipartisan watchdog group, named Rand Paul one of its annual “Constitutional Champions” last week.

Sen. Menendez indicted on corruption charges
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bob Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants who rose to become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic members of Congress, was indicted on corruption charges Wednesday. The New Jersey Democrat, an influential voice on foreign policy, was accused of using his office to improperly benefit a Florida eye doctor and political donor […]
House Democrat comes after sugary drinks again
The idea of a nationwide soda tax is one that just won’t die for a lot of pro-nanny state Democrats. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) has introduced her legislation to tax sugary beverages yet again. Her bill would impose a tax of one cent per teaspoon of sweeteners like sugars and high fructose corn syrup, The Hill reported.  DeLauro […]
Harry Reid doesn't care that he lied about Romney
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) might have some regrets about his more than 30 years in Congress, but his baldfaced lies on the Senate floor about former presidential candidate Mitt Romney are not among them. Back in 2012, Reid accused Romney of not paying any taxes at all for the past 10 years without […]
Sen. Harry Reid will not seek re-election
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, the wily Nevadan who dominated the Senate for a decade from the minority to the majority and back again, announced Friday he will retire after five terms. Reid, 75, who shepherded key Obama administration initiatives including the president’s health care law, lost his role as majority leader — […]