As posted in a previous thread, I recently saw Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Despite being a pretty original movie, it didn't do spectacularly at the box office, leaving many movie geeks to debate why. Many thought it was too narrowly-targeted. I can see this; much of the humor relies on somewhat obscure pop culture and video game references that won't resonate with people outside a certain age range. However, one review also pointed out another area of disconnect: the characters in the movie are hipsters, making it hard for non-hipsters to relate. I was left to try to find out what a "hipster" is. As with many subcultures, there is disagreement. I read a number of descriptions and was like "wait, I thought that was emo!?" Dr. David Thorpe, a thought-leader in the field of subcultures, asserts that 'hipster' is an umbrella term encompassing many related subcultures, as documented in his opus The Field Guide to North American Hipsters Volume I and Volume II. However, other sources seem to indicate that hipsters are a subculture all their own, which you create by reusing all the emo rules for fashion, but substituting the depressed and sad attitude with a sort of "quarter-life crisis" malaise - a little more innocent and directionless. There seems to be an evolution of these subcultures. When I was a little kid it was all about the punks with their purple mohawks and leather jackets, then it was about the goths, then it was about emo kids and now hipsters. I had an ex-girlfriend once who resembled none of these things but revealed after we had been dating for a while that she had once been a Rivethead, a sort of combination of goth and punk with an industrial music bent. FOCUS: What subcultures have you been a part of? Secretly wanted to be a part of? Hated passionately? Did your parents do everything in your power to prevent you from becoming a goth or a punk kid? ALTERNATE FOCUS: Hipsters. What's up with that?