When MIT Technology Review recently published an article on "the hipster effect," or "why anti-conformists always end up looking the same," the editors used a modified photo of this guy.
The study MIT Technology Review wrote up, from Brandeis University, essentially found "that when a group of people decide to be different, to do something non-conforming, there comes a point when they all end up adopting the same behavior or the same style," editor-in-chief Gideon Lichfield, told NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro for Weekend Edition. And soon after MIT Technology Review published its article, a man sent this angry email:
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Lichfield and his photo editor contacted Getty, which looked up the stock model's release form and found that "the model's name wasn't the name of our angry hipster-hater," Lichfield tweeted. The tl;dc version:
The "hipster-hater" wrote back a gracious apology note. You can hear Lichfield and Garcia-Navarro discuss the somewhat ironical, unintentionally relevant episode below. Peter Weber
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