Author Archives: Zach Miller

Everything’s Over!

Once more, my post is about a scene from the skit show Portlandia. I am having trouble with the embed code, so I am also going to link the video, just in case.

First off, since no one would actually claim to be a hipster, it’s hard to pick them out of a crowd. However, we’ll call the character, Spike, a hipster just for the sake of this blog. The general idea of a hipster is that he only does stuff that is underground and not mainstream. They like to be non-conformists. We see this is the skit. Each day, this “mainstream” guy comes into Spike’s hangout or begins doing his hobby.

When hipsters as we know them started to emerge, in the 1990s, not caring and not being cool was cool. They have a very diverse fashion, usually being very outdated or what most people would consider odd. They love to listen to music that no one else has heard of, watch movies no one else has seen, and hang out at places no one else knows about. They also do things for the “irony” of it. At times, it seems they put as much effort into not caring and not conforming, that they actually do care and have conformed since there is an entire subculture devoted to these beliefs. Once something becomes too mainstream, they move on, as we saw in the video. I also think the video’s  Twilight Zone-like ending shows how our culture works in general: Something is underground, becomes mainstream, peaks in popularity, becomes tacky, some people linger and look silly, people begin doing it again as a joke or “irony”, it is now popular again.



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Technology Loop

My blog is about a skit from Fred Armisen’s Portlandia. Portlandia likes to poke at different subcultures. In This skit, we see the “plugged-in” lifestyle. Here, we see that Fred, like many of us, gets so caught up in social media that he loses touch with the physical world around him. This brings to mind the panel Carr discusses in his article, I’m So Productive, I Never Get Anything Done. 

This skit shows how much we let technology control our lives. Technology does so many amazing things, yet slows us down at the same time. We take one step forward and two steps back. The “Technology Loop” is a rut. The skit shows that we are basically in a rut with social media. This can be found on anyone’s Facebook. Do we really post anything worthwile?

Another way this skit shows us that we let technology control us is with the mention of “Mind-Fi”. Mind-Fi also shows that we have an ever depleting attention span. When Fred’s brain crashes after “thinking” of a website, we can relate this to Hari’s article, The Age of Distraction. Even though Mind-Fi was created to help him get away from it all, Fred can’t help but think about social media.


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