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Hipster Shrugged

August 27th, 2010 · 18 Comments

So, I inadvertently started a pretty ridiculous Twitter meme yesterday. I wrote:

Painfully tempted to do a parody rewrite w/John Galt as hipster & Gulch in Williamsburg RT @thecalebbacon: Atlas shrugged and said “meh.”

The 60-page speech to be replaced by a Tom Verlaine solo…

Which inspired:

@normative Who is John Galt? Oh, you probably haven’t heard of him, he’s really obscure. #HipsterShrugged

Which was all it took to set folks off.  Some of my favorites:

normative I guess it’s fair if Hank always pays the rent / And he doesn’t get all bent / About sleepin’ on the couch #HipsterShrugged

normative So, I stopped the motor of the world, which was fine because I got a great deal on this fixie. #HipsterShrugged

radleybalko I stopped contributing to society way before “going Galt” was cool. #HipsterShrugged

SandyS1 Dagny Taggart: Relationship status: It’s complicated. #HipsterShrugged

normative Yeah, it’s my revolutionary new material. As flexible as tights, but you can totally wear them like jeans. #HipsterShrugged

ziege19 I refuse to accept as guilt the fact of my own face on the T-shirt I am wearing. #HipsterShrugged

jacobgrier I have John Galt’s entire speech… on vinyl #hipstershrugged

sethdmichaels @normative Side A is Side A. #hipstershrugged

normative I swear by my life and my love of it, if I have to hear “Oxford Comma” one more f*ing time… #HipsterShrugged

normative No, it’s *Rearden* Metal. I mean, it looks just like 80s metal, but it’s ironic #HipsterShrugged

laughinghyena13 That hamburger sandwich is fine, but I’ve had much better at a diner in Wyoming. #hipstershrugged

normative Yeah, it’s kinda grungy, but this train tunnel is still a lot cleaner than the bathroom at Northsix that time… #HipsterShrugged

grandmofhelsing Galt’s Speech really isn’t as good as his earlier work. #hipstershrugged

grandmofhelsing But 19th Century Mortors was better. RT @willwilkinson 20th Century Motor Company used to make a sweet hybrid. #HipsterShrugged

normative “We are going back to the 80s.” He raised his hand & over the desolate earth checked his neon Swatch. #HipsterShrugged

normative Yeah, Ragnar was in Sigur Ros for a while, but he bailed when the label got so hardass about piracy. #HipsterShrugged

normative Actually, Francisco’s got this trust fund, but he doesn’t like to talk about it. #HipsterShrugged

willwilkinson Yeah, Francisco’s super-rich, but he’s totally cool politically. #HipsterShrugged

ziege19 I just unlocked the “Helping Is Futile” badge on @foursquare! #HipsterShrugged

petersuderman I used to like the government, but that was before it got big and popular. #HipsterShrugged

conor64 People vilify Dagny Taggart, but I wish more corporate execs always traveled by rail #HipsterShrugged

jacobgrier Camping out for the new iPhone. Rearden Metal finish, Galt motor. Pretty sweet. #hipstershrugged #stilldropscalls

silentbeep3000 Rosa DeLauro is a f**ing moocher #HipsterShrugged

peejaybee Galt’s Gulch used to be pretty cool. Now it’s like, strollers everywhere. #hipstershrugged

Tags: Art & Culture · Language and Literature



18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Brian Moore // Aug 27, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Haha, oh dear.

  • 2 NG // Aug 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    This is absolutely hilarious.

  • 3 gidget commando // Aug 27, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    I love you forever for this.

  • 4 ERM // Aug 27, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    I don’t get the Oxford Comma comment. Hipsters don’t like extra commas?

  • 5 Franklin Harris // Aug 27, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    “Oxford Comma” is a song by Vampire Weekend.

    Don’t feel bad. I had to look it up. What little Vampire Weekend I’ve heard, I hated.

  • 6 Julian Sanchez // Aug 27, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    The joke being that their debut “indie” album became so successful that it was soon hugely overplayed (in certain circles at least) & that song in particular.

  • 7 MochaMike // Aug 28, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Damn, after trying and trying to forget having read Atlas Shrugged, this, something to remind me I had–worse, remind how much I liked it at the time.

    Not being a follower of Twitter or Facebook, I do occassionally check Lamebook (the Reader’s Digest version of Facebook). Posts like the above make me think I’ve missed some great humor. Thanks for the post.

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  • 9 Leo // Aug 29, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Dude, you need to get one of those automatic facebook post things. In any event, I’m posting it old school style. Um, ironically or something.

  • 10 doctorpsycho1960 // Aug 29, 2010 at 11:55 am

    “I used to like the government, but that was before it got big and popular.”

    It is objectively the case that I LOLed.

  • 11 DivisionByZero // Aug 29, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    I’m with doctorpsycho1960. I LOL’d too. I guess that actually makes that comment uncool now that more than one person likes it. 🙁

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  • 14 Balph Hunsacker // Sep 2, 2010 at 11:08 am

    If you’ve ever read AS, which I’m doing now for the first time well past my college years, then you know one thing: the writing is atrocious.

  • 15 Nik_the_Heratik // Sep 2, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    This is awesome.

  • 16 Devon Jones // Sep 8, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Oh god. Amazing.

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  • 18 エドハーディー // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:36 am

    ’ve ever read AS, which I’m doing now for the first time well past my college years, then yo