In the 19th century, it became popular for wealthy curiosity-seekers to “go slumming,” visiting poor neighborhoods, ostensibly to increase their awareness of social issues, but more often to gawk at how “the other half” lived. Today, slum tourism is a thriving industry. The self-consciously DIY aesthetic of hipster design reflects the same sort of mawkish attitude: the challenge seems to be not, for example, how to create the best possible chair, but how to create a chair out of parts you might find in a favela junkyard. The fact that these types of accoutrements are found almost exclusively in establishments where no lower-income person would be welcome underscores the degree to which this affectation is utterly superficial.
via Why I Despise The Hipster Aesthetic | The Autonomous Zone.
This piece speaks to some elements of hipster culture and poverty tourism that I also find rather annoying. This also applies to thrift store shopping for the sake of ironic fashion instead of necessity and living in tiny houses and trailers because it’s so freakin’ cute & hip.