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Sydney versus Melbourne: The Great Hipster Rivalry.

PondRepellent  said about 3 years ago  or at  11:07AM on Friday, June 11 2010 in stupidity

Let's settle this once and for all...with science.

May I direct your attention to the following graph, which plots the volume of Google searches for the word 'hipster'* on the y-axis against the independent variable, time, on the x-axis.


Fig. 1

As you can no doubt see, there is strong evidence against the common preconception that Melbourne is the hipster capital of Australia.

Could it be that there are in fact more hipsters in Sydney than in Melbourne?

Is this simply a consequence of Sydney's higher overall population?

Could it be that Melburnian hipsters are more 'self-aware' than Sydney hipsters, and that this dampens their curiosity to search for their own subculture?

Why is Adelaide so high on the list?

  • Note that it is reasonable to use volume of searches for the word 'hipster' as an approximate measure of relative hipster population. The only people who would Google 'hipster' are hipsters themselves.

Website hipsterrunoff.com also provides strong supporting evidence:

Interestingly:


k2  said about 3 years ago:

are you bored angelic?


PondRepellent  said about 3 years ago:

Who is this Angelic chap I keep hearing about?


rosevich  said about 3 years ago:

yawn.

you cunce sound like the SMH constantly reporting on if Sydney or Melbourne is higher in the 'better living' stakes.

WHO THE FUCK CARES


Zaphod  said about 3 years ago:

You're the worst character ever, Towelie.


PondRepellent  said about 3 years ago:

...Yes. Yes, that's exactly who I was trying to replicate. SMH. Very good.


__v  said about 3 years ago:

When I clicked on the title I was hoping it would be ''the great hipster race''

Sydney would win, we are all physically active as well as uniformly bronzed and beautiful.


rosevich  said about 3 years ago:

some of us are ethnic you know


__v  said about 3 years ago:

Bronzed and swarthy and beautiful.


happycow  said about 3 years ago:

I for one applaud PondRepellent's dedication to this cause.

I find his/her research to be intriguing and of a consistent high standard. I think there is more to this story than meets the eye and encourage you to keep digging for the truth PondR.

You must get to the bottom of this so we can all attain illumination. I offer my assistance if needed.


PondRepellent  said about 3 years ago:

I took a statistics course last year so in the holidays I plan to do a proper analysis of this data.


je_me_demande  said about 3 years ago:

well, there's more of everything in sydney than melbourne, so necessarily there's going to be more hipsters.

melbourne doesn't have an oxford st/surry hills hipster epicenter either, so again, more hipsters in sydney.

not sure if either of these things are good things however.


PondRepellent  said about 3 years ago:

Oxford Street is kind of shit.

When I went to Melbourne, there was just more of everything that hipsters love. More record stores selling vinyl, more niche bookstores, weirder looking people, less fucking Thai restaurants, etc.

Also, don't say that Melbourne doesn't have a 'hipster epicentre'. I think you'll find that it has several.


PondRepellent  said about 3 years ago:

You're probably from Sydney and haven't actually been to Melbourne before, right?


PondRepellent  said about 3 years ago:

Typical Sydneysider attidute.


theparisend  said about 3 years ago:

uniformly bronzed and beautiful = not a hipster

pale, awkward, difficult and broodingly attractive = hipster


PondRepellent  said about 3 years ago:

Not unlike yourself, theparisend?


theparisend  said about 3 years ago:

yeah, i'm pretty pale

certainly difficult

do we know each other?


theparisend  said about 3 years ago:

and i stand by this definition too,

healthy, fit, sydney type people are alpha

coolsie/hipster/whatever has always been just shy of that kind of health, in my mind

really healthy people have better things to do with their fitness than brood i spose


57mercury  said about 3 years ago:

give us meaning, give us per capita


CaptainFez  said about 3 years ago:

are you bored angelic?

More Alex than Angel, I'd say.


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Velodrone  said about 3 years ago:

And this, my friends, is why I stay in Adelaide.


max bulk  said about 3 years ago:

replace the triangle with a star of david.

The star of david is made up of TWO triangles. What does that tell you?


tugboat  said about 3 years ago:

rosevich said about 8 months ago:
the recent wave of women's hair in top-knot is a disturbing trend

I quite like it though.


tugboat  said about 3 years ago:

max bulk said 15 seconds ago:

replace the triangle with a star of david.

The star of david is made up of TWO triangles. What does that tell you?

No, there were 8 stars.


juicenewton*  said about 3 years ago:

If there are no hipster jews then who sports the jewfro?


Sunnyboyz  said about 3 years ago:

The star of david is made up of TWO triangles. What does that tell you?

Jesus Christ...

no, wait...


tugboat  said about 3 years ago:

tugboat said 6 minutes ago:
No, there were 8 stars.

I meant there were 8 triangles.


shiroineko  said about 3 years ago:

Clearly a hipster


Sunnyboyz  said about 3 years ago:

Shlipster.


shiroineko  said about 3 years ago:

If there are no hipster jews then who sports the jewfro?

Don't forget Mr Zimmerman.


Velodrone  said about 3 years ago:

There's a street near mine call Shipsters. I wanted to move onto that street, but it's pretty crap.


Peter  said about 3 years ago:

move to where bulk lives.


Peter  said about 3 years ago:

faux_fox is the new cultural attaché. long live faux_fox.

bad luck, bulk.


max bulk  said about 3 years ago:

I'd rather be an attache than a handbag.


Peter  said about 3 years ago:

I'd rather be me than anyone else, bulk. what's your point?


max bulk  said about 3 years ago:

If triangles are 'fully sick', as they say in trendy circles, what about circles? Are they trendy?

I'm quite partial to a decent circle.


faux_fox  said about 3 years ago:

look at this fucking hipster.
www.latfh.com


Peter  said about 3 years ago:

circle jerk?


untold/animals  said about 3 years ago:


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