At what exact moment ‘alternative’ and ‘yuppy’ became friends, nobody is quite sure. But the rise of the hipster is a well documented one - and not just in Tumblr photo blogs. Advocates celebrate the hipster’s incredible knowledge of fine music, art, social causes, and organic food.
And yet there are no notable advocates for the hipster. In fact, if you ask around, you may even struggle to find anybody identifying as one: though there’ll be no shortage of indignant retorts.
According to Christian Lander — author of Stuff White People Like — the taxonomical self-denial of the cool crowd reflects a self conscious awareness that cool itself is, in fact, a finite resource. In conversation with John Safran and a talkative audience, Lander explains how he classifies ‘wrong’ and ‘right’ white people, and elaborates on his playful critique of race and class.
Lander also discusses the negative aspects of partaking in a monoculture. And he considers what ‘orange people’ like.
Thirty-year-old Christian Lander was born and raised in Toronto. After spending eight years in the ivory tower of academia (white people love graduate school), he moved to Los Angeles to work in the interactive industry.
John Safran is an award-winning documentary-maker of provocative and hilarious takes on race, the media, religion and other issues.
John first hit TV screens in 1997 on Race Around the World (ABC TV). Both John Safran's Music Jamboree (SBS, 2002) and John Safran vs. God (SBS, 2004) won Australian Film Industry awards for Best Comedy Series and Most Original Concept, and were also nominated for Logie Awards.
Other shows include John Safran's Race Relations (ABC TV, 2009), which was nominated for two awards at the prestigious Rose d'Or Festival in Switzerland, and Speaking in Tongues (SBS, 2005–6). John also co-hosted Sunday Night Safran, a radio talk show on Triple J with cranky but beloved Catholic priest, Father Bob Maguire.