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It seems that if hipsters really want to be all steampunk, they might as well bring back acquaintance cards and other routines of 19th century versions of courting. Surely someone has done this. Think of the ironic courting statements a good hipster could write on one of these!!!

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  • Richard Hershberger

    Is hipsters playing steampunk really a thing? I think of steampunk as a niche within fandom: a group that the nerds consider nerdy. Has it gone viral?

    • Latverian Diplomat

      I think steampunk is misapplied here. I guess there are hipsters who adopt random affectations from historical periods (like the monocle thing) but that’s not steampunk. The original idea of steampunk was a counterfactual where Babbage’s steam powered computers got built and the information revolution happened a 150 years early.

      The steampunk version of these would be printed on punched cards or something like that.

      In any case, I wonder if the PUAs of the 19th century printed these up by the barrel full.

      • Richard Hershberger

        Apparently I am sadly uninformed about hiptsers: Monocles? Really? They are dressing like closeted gay Prussian nobility? Though when I put it that way, that might be pretty cool…

        • sharculese

          “Hipsters” in 2015 is basically a meaningless term that at best signifies “people I worry may be more ‘with it’ than I am” but to the extent that it means anything the Venn diagram of hipsters and people who do steampunk cosplay is basically two separate circles.

          • tsam

            This comment is so fancy I needed a second monocle to read it!

          • sparks

            I want to know – is my wearing a mechanical watch steampunk cosplay?

            • Redwood Rhiadra

              Only if it’s made of copper and has large, visible gears…

              • sparks

                It does have a view into the mechanics, but that’s on the side facing my wrist. No copper. Guess I’m safe. Thought I might have to buy spats and celluloid collars.

          • TribalistMeathead

            Occasionally it intersects at “love of late-19th/early-20th century fashion.” but at this point, it’s basically a catchall term for “person whose aesthetics and beliefs I loathe.”

          • dilan

            ““Hipsters” in 2015 is basically a meaningless term that at best signifies “people I worry may be more ‘with it’ than I am” but to the extent that it means anything the Venn diagram of hipsters and people who do steampunk cosplay is basically two separate circles.”

            I don’t think this is really right.

            The reality is the world is full of both snobbery and reverse-snobbery. Most people who care about something tend to be a snob about it, whether it is food, clothing, music, or anything else.

            Whether one labels them “hipsters” or not, there is definitely a category of young cosmopolitans who make specific fashion, music, and artistic choices that they are quite snobbish about. If these people didn’t exist, “Portlandia” would have never made it on the air.

            The thing that is weird is actually that people think that the problem is the outsiders applying the label “hipster” with a sneer due to envy, rather than the hipsters themselves not realizing that it doesn’t make you a better person that you listen to music that sells 3,000 copies rather than music that sells 300,000.

    • UserGoogol

      The secret of hipsters is that the only difference between hipsters and geeks is that hipsters are slightly more sociable.

  • TribalistMeathead

    My brother had this friend in middle school who was either a) inherently overly sexualized, b) driven to being overly sexualized by his mother, or c) a combination of both. He had calling cards that he used to hand out to women, most of whom weren’t even remotely age-appropriate for him. What a weird family.

    • sparks

      I had a similar friend, and I knew his family, both parents and siblings. He was just weird, his family was totally normal. He hit on anything that moved, even high school girls when he was past 35.

      • TribalistMeathead

        In theory, I agree with the you-miss-100%-of-the-shots-you-don’t-take approach to inteprersonal relationships, but some people take it to extremes.

        • sparks

          He was remarkably successful, even with those HS girls. No idea what drove him to do that. Married someone his own age finally.

  • MAJeff

    Surely someone has done this. Think of the ironic courting statements a good hipster could write on one of these!!!

    They kind of have:
    https://jacksmasterblog.wordpress.com/2010/02/04/squibnocket-cards/

  • SgtGymBunny

    Think of the ironic courting statements a good hipster could write on one of these!!!

    Whatever, kids these days are too media-savvy for mere slips of paper. Have you seen they’re doing prom proposals now with cleverly staged Instagram pics or choreographed youTube videos??? Shit, you’d think they’re getting married. Besides, if it ain’t on the internet, it didn’t happen and you can’t get credit for being obnoxiously clever, amiright?

    • sparks

      Choreographed You Tube videos. For a prom date. I’d like to imagine a brutal rejection.

      In my day, it was difficult to get anyone to go to the prom, even established couples. I went to a big high school and we had 8, maybe 10 couples, tops.

      • As always, this is just the behavior of a handful of shiny-faced try-hards who actually like being in high school. These are the kids who dream of getting the “Most Spirited” award in the yearbook.

  • tsam

    Dear Miss;

    I will gauge my scrotum for an hour of coffee with you…

    • Hogan

      Aren’t scrota measured in caliber rather than gauge?

      • namgalsipsclar

        I think tsam is referring to this practice.

        Anyway it seems like these acquaintance cards are basically forerunners of those “Do you like me? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ Maybe” notes that get passed in school.

        • I think if someone gave me card that said that I’d find it rather charming.

      • tsam

        Whatever units are on my caliper. I think it’s a unit of mans.

    • And people say romance is dead.

      • tsam

        Right? Nothing says I love you like some irreversible body mutilation.

    • Weed Atman

      *crosses legs uncomfortably*

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