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Christianity is a status enhancer. In some cases failure to embrace those norms hurt you. Christianity is seen as a socially neutral attribute. It no longer had dominant status in society, but to be seen as a religious person is not a knock either.
Traditional norms of behavior retain residual force.
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In this world, being a Christian is a social negative, especially in high status positions. Christianity in many ways as seen as undermining the social good. Traditional norms are expressly repudiated.
Each has its own characteristic memetic style. There are positive worlders out there, but their time is passing, and I will not say much more about them. Instead of being antagonistic towards the culture, it is explicitly positive towards culture.
One of them is Hillsong Church. Justin Bieber and other celebrities attend. The pastoral staff is known for wearing designer clothing.
The attendee base skews very young at least in NYC, which is the source of my first hand knowledge. Hillsong is known for its musicwhich is ubiquitous in Christian churches. In short, Hillsong presents church as a hip, cool, urban thing to do.
Its aura is much more intellectual and fine arts oriented. Reverend Tim Keller is more likely to be featured in the New Yorker or the Atlantic than pop culture outlets.
Redeemer almost exudes a self-consciously anti-hip vibe.
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Keller himself has a professorial demeanor. Note the memetics of the picture Pastor Tim Keller uses on his own personal page: This is much stronger body language that it might appear at first glance, but is also very nonthreatening.
He approach is explicitly irenic rather than confrontational. Someone from that secular demographic can walk into Redeemer and find a comfortable, non-threatening environment. Both Hillsong and Redeemer are very successful, well-patronized churches.
As society becomes more hostile to Christianity, so that merely identifying as a Christian degrades status, it will be progressively more difficult for this type of church to synchronize with the culture without fatally compromising their beliefs, if they can pull it off at all. How can the church respond to this? Keller focuses heavily on starting new churches because he observes that new churches are more effective than established ones at reaching new people.
I believe part of reason is because churches are contextualized to the moment of their founding, but the world changes around them and their approach becomes gradually less effective over time. Christianity may even get reduced to a relatively small minority. This space requires the masculine virtues because being a cultural minority requires being comfortable with something of a low status or outlier memetic that is self-consciously different. But understanding that you are in that minority position opens up tremendous cultural space too.
Historically Christianity, as a default national faith, had to ensure a relatively broad based, mainstream appeal. What does that give the church the freedom to do?
The memetics of other minority religions can help us understand what this future might look like. I am inspired by these guys: Muslims are another group that figured it out. You've probably seen pictures of people observing the Muslim prayer times in the streets of various Western cities. Islam, as a universalist religion, is more culturally aggressive than Judaism. There's a lot to learn from Muslim communities. Christian Memetics Reconsidered Christianity is fundamentally a religion of the Word.
The gospel is Good News, not Good Aesthetics. So the logos rational aspect must be right. Where memetics comes in is creating the ethos and pathos that attract people who are willing to sign up for a status lowering religion.
In the negative world the church has to be distinct in the manner of the early church. The early church had many distinctions from the surrounding culture: They had a community that was difficult to be part of, but which generated immense value as well in addition to possessing metaphysical truth.
They did this by and large without attacking anyone else though they did have what was essentially an intragroup feud with Jews who did not buy into Jesus as the Messiah. I noted in Masculinist 9 that that the church elite, like the secular elite, no longer preaches what it practices when it comes to marriage and family. The secular elite by and large practices traditional marriage themselves, while promoting everything but for the rest of society.
But it is the case that you do often see a different family style in the church than outside of it, such as happy homeschooling families with large numbers of children. The church, however, appears to be downplaying family these days. Furthermore, he argues that the "hipster is defined by a lack of authenticity, by a sense of lateness to the scene" or the way that they transform the situation into a "self-conscious scene, something others can scrutinize and exploit".
Dan Fletcher in Time seems to support this theory, positing that stores like Urban Outfitters have mass-produced hipster chicmerging hipsterdom with parts of mainstream culture, thus overshadowing its originators' still-strong alternative art and music scene.
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Critics have described the loosely defined group as smug, full of contradictions and, ultimately, the dead end of Western civilization. Thompson argues that hipsters "don't seem to subscribe to any particular philosophy Instead, she argues that they are " soldiers of fortune of style" who take up whatever is popular and in style, "appropriat[ing] the style[s]" of past countercultural movements such as punk, while "discard[ing] everything that the style stood for".
Their claim is that the contemporary depiction of hipster is generated through mass media narratives with different commercial and ideological interests. In other words, hipster is less of an objective category, and more of a culturally- and ideologically-shaped and mass-mediated modern mythology that appropriates the indie consumption field and eventually turns into a form of stigma. Arsel and Thompson also interview participants of the indie culture DJs, designers, writers to better understand how they feel about being labeled as one.
Their findings demonstrate three strategies for dissociation from the hipster stereotype: These strategies, empowered by one's status in the indie field or their cultural capital enable these individuals to defend their field dependent cultural investments and tastes from devaluing hipster mythology.
Humorous and passive-aggressive "no hipsters" sign at the entrance to a venue. Arsel and Thompson's work seeks to explain why people who are ostensibly fitting the hipster stereotype profusely deny being one: To succeed in denying being a hipster, while looking, acting, and consuming like one, Arsel and Thompson suggest that these individuals demythologize their existing consumption practices by engaging in rhetorics and practices that symbolically differentiate their actions from the hipster stigma.
He questions the contradictory nature of the label, and the way that no one thinks of themselves as a hipster: You can see how hipster neighborhoods are crossroads where young people from different origins, all crammed together, jockey for social gain.
One hipster subgroup's strategy is to disparage others as " liberal arts college grads with too much time on their hands"; the attack is leveled at the children of the upper middle class who move to cities after college with hopes of working in the "creative professions". These hipsters are instantly declassed, reservoired in abject internships and ignored in the urban hierarchy—but able to use college-taught skills of classification, collection and appreciation to generate a superior body of cultural "cool".