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Mar 29, 2009

All Non-Conformists Are Just Alike

So let's talk a second about blogging. Blogging is a free forum for anyone to create whatever the heck they want. If I want to blog about musik, I can do that, movies, I can do that, art, I can do that, celebrity appearances in LA, I can do that. Blogs are the voice of the everyman. Granted some blogs are a waste of time and some are amazing (take your pic for which this one is). Some blogs are rants (like I'm doing now), some are themed, some are just downright awesome. Now, let's talk about some famous indie blogs (if that's possible). We've got GorillaVsBear, we've got PostSecret and we've got HipsterRunOff. It's the last one I want to talk about. If you aren't familiar with the blog HipsterRunOff you should take a second and look about it. It's a guy named "Carles" which is obviously Charles and his slogan is, "A blog worth blogging about."

Obviously he is correct. Let's delve into the phenomenon that is HRO though. Carles is famous for 7 things.

1) Spelling things oddly.
2) Using abbreviations.
3) Posting musik and videos.
4) Blogging about being independent (indie)
5) Making fun of main-stream ideologies.
6) Bringing light to the "out of the loop" kid.
7) He uses "y'all" a lot.

Basically, he knows he's got it and he uses it too. But what is "IT"? It is the ability to think what we are all thinking without knowing we are thinking it. We've all had these thoughts but they were never formulated. He is original by being obvious. Let me explain. Some of his most memorable posts are definitely worth checking out. Especially one called "My Relationship with Girl Talk." I had been thinking a lot about this but had never actually formulated an official opinion. Carles takes the ideas of the indie scene and puts structure to them. Also seen in "Which shoe company represents U?" or "O.J. Simpson is the most alternative man alive." He's culturally relevant and hits the money with a flyswatter... or something like that. Let's go back to my favorite of his posts though: the one on Girl Talk. Now I love Girl Talk. In fact in all my concert experiences it was by far the most fun I've ever had at a show. But Carles talks about how GT may be being ruined and becoming too "mainstream." Some of his reasons are

"so many uninteresting people think they are interesting bc they like him."
"He looks like a mainstreamer gone alt"

Now let's talk about how Carles himself is the most mainstream-alternative blogger in the sphere. I've never seen Carles personally but I can guess that he looks like an "alt bro" and there are definitely WAY too many people who try and copy his style. If you just read his post comments they are all misspelled indie-esque "Hey everyone please think I'm funny too" posts. Everyone who reads HRO wants to be Carles or wants Carles to give them the nod. He is becoming the epitome of blog styles as well. He usually ends posts with funny questions and I cannot TELL you people how many times I've seen this come about. People I KNOW read HRO because of the exact style repped or HRO is in the blog roll. Carles is becoming the mainstream image for alternative brothers and he doesn't even have a face. How can people want to copy him when they aren't as funny or original as he is. HipsterRunOff is becoming everything it criticizes and more. Sure he isn't ridiculous indie clothing or political drama but he is being blogged about. He is a metaphor. He is an outline. He is inspiration. This "I wanna be different" guy is the model for all other "I wanna be different" - ers.

All non-conformists are just alike.

Don't get me wrong, I like him. I think his Twitter updates are hilarious! Just look at them! It's definitely a blog worth checking out. But if you want to be original - copying a blog is not the way to go.

Being yourself is.

Speaking of being unoriginal here are three of the most blogged songs in the sphere.
So you ALL should have heard all three of these by now but I just wanted to make sure. (HINT HINT STEPHANIE HINT HINT)

The Knife - Grizzly Bear
Heartbeats - The Knife
Knife/Heartbeats (Grizzly Bear vs The Knife) - PARRKA

Anyways, I hope this didn't offend you HRO but I just wanted to see if anyone else agreed.


Does Carles care about us with his questions? I realize that this is a question at the end of my blog but I wanted your thoughts. Is Carles just trying to make us feel accepted with his questions?
Does Carles care about anyone who isn't "MeMe"?
Does Carles love?
Take that HipsterRunOff. Now I'm cool too. Wanna blog about me? Go ahead and try. Any q-s you have -

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Anonymous Anonymous said...


March 30, 2009 at 12:29 AM  
Blogger Farkus said...

I'm glad I inspired a blog post Raijo. I hope you feel 'original'.

March 30, 2009 at 12:39 AM  
Anonymous WC said...

I hadn't heard of HRO until this post, so I took the liberty of reading a few posts. He's pretty funny and entertaining, but I see what you're getting at. I liked your analysis. Word up.

March 30, 2009 at 1:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

first of all carles is a mexi, his name is probably carlos

second you obviously dont get HRO, give up on life

March 30, 2009 at 6:53 PM  
Blogger Kas said...

Shock, shock - a bunch of hipsters saying that no one "gets" them. Look, I'm all for freedom of thought/expression, but just because you assert your individuality more readily and blatantly than most people doesn't mean that you are any better than them, or that they are any less of an individual than you are.

One thing we all must recognize but too often forget is that no two people are alike and if we believe it is so wrong to judge people for being different, then it is equally wrong to judge people for being the same. Sure, nonconformity can breed freedom of thought, but if your personality is inclined toward things that one person here (who has decided to assert his/her individuality by remaining anonymous) refer to as "MNSTRM," then by all means, be MNSTRM. being who you are or who you want to be is much more important than merely differentiating yourself.

March 30, 2009 at 7:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>One thing we all must recognize but too often forget is that no two people are alike and if we believe it is so wrong to judge people for being different, then it is equally wrong to judge people for being the same.

what are you, a faggot?

April 1, 2009 at 2:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did my comment about U2 go? They ROX! Spiderman the Musical is going to be sweet!

April 5, 2009 at 8:36 AM  

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