Rather than quote extensively, it may be better to quote in cryptic and allusive ways an article by Karen Swallow Prior on T. S. Eliot as the first hipster and on J. Alfred Prufrock.
Modernists are generally held responsible for having dug the deep chasm between high culture and low, and Eliot is often regarded as highbrow fare fit for college classrooms and academic journals. But the erudite, Harvard-educated Eliot saw high culture not as opposed to popular culture, but as its fulfillment, ...
In a culture too detached and disconnected to give birth to anything new, people turn to curation, pastiche, allusiveness, and hyper-referentiality—the hallmarks of the hipster aesthetic.
But these were Eliot’s hallmarks, too. Eliot did not create the world depicted in his poems; he merely gave it expression in the form of fragments we might shore against our ruins. Hipsters—a movement many say has passed—have perhaps done no less.