How to Live Without Irony By CHRISTY WAMPOLE


 

If irony is the ethos of our age — and it is — then the hipster is our archetype of ironic living.

The hipster haunts every city street and university town. Manifesting a nostalgia for times he never lived himself, this contemporary urban harlequin appropriates outmoded fashions (the mustache, the tiny shorts), mechanisms (fixed-gear bicycles, portable record players) and hobbies (home brewing, playing trombone). He harvests awkwardness and self-consciousness. Before he makes any choice, he has proceeded through several stages of self-scrutiny. The hipster is a scholar of social forms, a student of cool. He studies relentlessly, foraging for what has yet to be found by the mainstream. He is a walking citation; his clothes refer to much more than themselves. He tries to negotiate the age-old problem of individuality, not with concepts, but with material things.

He is an easy target for mockery. However, scoffing at the hipster is only a diluted form of his own affliction. He is merely a symptom and the most extreme manifestation of ironic living. For many Americans born in the 1980s and 1990s — members of Generation Y, or Millennials — particularly middle-class Caucasians, irony is the primary mode with which daily life is dealt. One need only dwell in public space, virtual or concrete, to see how pervasive this phenomenon has become. Advertising, politics, fashion, television: almost every category of contemporary reality exhibits this will to irony.

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THIS THURSDAY IN LOS ANGELES…

 

0S & 1S 

This Thursday, September 20th, playing at the Los Feliz 3 @9:40PM

Buy your tickets HERE

Watch the trailer HERE

“0s & 1s may be the ultimate has-to-be-seen-more-than-once movie.” - Neil Genzlinger, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Smartly made and completely funny! Does a tremendous job of capturing the hysteria of social media.” - Lena Dunham (GIRLS, TINY FURNITURE)

0S & 1S (pronounced “Zeros and Ones”) is a visually audacious comedy about our obsession and overreliance on the very screen you’re looking at now. Spinning the LA sounds of No Age, Ariel Pink, Wavves, Mika Miko, Abe Vigoda and more, Eugene Kotlyarenko’s savvy directorial debut makes its Los Angeles theatrical premiere September 20th.
Tapping into our familiarity with the language of the digital age (IM chats, widgets, virus warnings), 0S & 1S tells the deceptively simple, highly energetic story of James Pongo (Morgan Krantz) and his Computer. Pongo’s got a cushy job, a busy social life, and an alluring love interest all coming at him right through his portable devices. When he wakes up after a night of partying to discover his laptop is missing, Pongo’s hyper-connected reality takes a nosedive. Now he must do everything in his power to figure out who stole his livelihood and get his life back.
83 minutes. In English. Presented in Blu-ray. Unrated.

*** Q&A with director EUGENE KOTLYARENKO after the show

“A riot of pop-up screens that ape everything from Facebook to first-person shooters, Kotlyarenko’s film makes visible the invisible presence that defines our everyday social encounters.” - Andrew Schenker, THE VILLAGE VOICE

“Has a compulsive ADD vibrancy to it…a completely inventive narrative technique.” - Jonah Green, THE HUFFINGTON POST

BE THERE! I WILL! 



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