But I digress. I know I'm right about these d-bags all looking the same, because now I have proof they can't even tell when a picture of an urban hipster d-bag isn't even them:
At the end of February, MIT Technology Review emitted a pithy rundown of a 34-page research paper from maths-modelling boffins at Brandeis University in the US; the paper essentially posited that in a bid to make that all-important "countercultural statement", hipsters can end up looking alike. For groovy models of how random acts by hipsters "undergo a phase transition into a synchronized state" – along with some knotty network equations – see here.Immediately, some dude wrote to the magazine threatening to sue for libel because the guy claimed the picture was of him, was used without his permission, and, apparently, it is slanderous to call someone a hipster in "trendy winter attire. Frankly, I'd be pissed, too, were someone to describe me that way. On the other hand, it will never happen as I am not trying to look like this:
Accompanying the article was an edited stock image of a generic millennial chap in plaid shirt and standard-issue beanie, or "trendy winter attire", as Getty put it.
Ah, the price they pay to assert their individualism.