What is the political significance of the fixie?
I am not what you would call an activist, but I am aware of a kind of received wisdom among the posts. The very nature of received wisdom is that it is widely agreed upon and yet, not acknolwedged as a belief. I am curious about the beliefs we hold and do not know we hold.
Please don't attack this question by saying that there are no political or philosophical leanings on this forum, or in our larger community. The avoidance of political discussion seems to encourage the spread of received wisdom.
Also, please don't let this trigger a lot of finger pointer and shouts of "J'accuse, Le Hipster".
The hipster thing is rough. A hipster is essentially a pure consumer. They move from style to style, commiting to nothing, sacrificing nothing. And then when well runs dry, they move on, like locusts. Ever read William Gibson's "the belonging kind"? Funny exposition of this concept into a story.
So, please don't call each other hipsters, it suggests the accuser is holier than though and that the accused is pure consumption. (a little inflammatory)
This is a community and we tend to have a lot in common.
For instance, most of the folks on this forum seem to be twenty something, white, urban or at least cosmopolitan, left leaning, often underemployed and male.
I wonder how this effects the politics of the forum?
How do think this holds up in the real world and where does it go wrong? Are non forum riders more diverse? How?
I am curious what fixie riders in this forum think the fixie, the bicycle, fixie culture etc. means in a political or philosophical sense.
Is it an act of consumption? Of defiance, of independence?
It is associated with a variety of counterculture symbols and aesthetics. Does this make it counterculture?
If so, how?
What is the broader impact of our actions, of our choices?
check out these voices.
"Nation of rebels"
"Center For A New American Dream"
There is a lot of politics on this site, it just pretends to be apolitical.
I am not trying to make things politcal, I am trying clarify the politics that are already there.
I am being very frank and honest,
and though it can be hard to break out of the ironic habit, please try to do the same.
Thank you to those who have been.