At 4/18/13 12:33 PM, frootza wrote:
I'm not a hipster, but I did write a thesis paper on hipsters.
It's disheartening when this series of events happens in this order...
1. You find an underground artist, and enjoy them for a year +
2. This band gets signed to a major label and gets big promo (no problem here, good for them! Yay!)
3. Everyone knows about said artist now (also, yay cool!)
4. Mainstream fans now love said artist, and claim to have been listening to them since they first formed (Boo! You are a liar you don't know them! What the hell bro?)
It's this false ownership that really grinds my gears, and probably yours too. But, it is pretty much unavoidable.
I kind of expected your 4th point to be "Said artist starts to bend their style toward more popular music in order to continue being popular," but what you instead wrote is purely based on petty pride.
It seems that you're taking the perspective of the hipster, regarding "mainstream" fans as below you because they "weren't there from the beginning," and stating that they're worse people because they lie about how long they've been listening to an artist. For one, most people won't lie about it and will say they saw the artist's video on MTV (does that still happen?) or whatever. If you do encounter a poser though, you can just think, "clearly they appreciate the music enough to wish they really had heard it first," and you can choose to take it as an indirect compliment on your musical taste.
There's really no reason to let it bother you. They just want to be cool like you are.