I'm going to be a hipster for Halloween.

I was first interested in the counter-culture turned pop culture phenomena of hipterdom last year when the incoming freshman class came in with fake glasses and mismatched clothes.  They also thought a bunch of no name bands and organizations were cool.  All I had to say was, "nice beanie."

For Halloween this year, my brother and I decided to skip out on a chunk of the Franklin Street festivities to go to a concert.  A Watsky concert.

First of all, if you don't know who Watsky is, find out here.
If you do know Watsky, please stop screaming.  Sit down, this story's not about him.

Anyway, going to a concert, my main fashion concerns are comfortability and workign my camera into the costume.

You see, I go all out when it comes to costumes.  Last year, I was a mime.  I didn't talk for almost half the night.  I did end up chatting a bit when the people around me were gettign frustrated, but I don't play.

So this year, if I want to bring my new camera to the concert, I have to play along as a photographer, but hey!  Guess what other icon thinks photography is cool? Hipsters.

So, looking online, I thought I'd share some cute things I found hipster Halloween related.  Take a look at my hipster music too.

Here's a super cute hipster.

All I'd have to do is slap on some suspenders and a pair of glasses.  I think he was going for nerd, but whatever.

This costume is brilliant and so anti-Halloween.

Aren't Hipsters anti everything mainstream?

You know, I could just be an actual camera.

This guy has his camera mounted under the Insta board and a live stream of his pictures loaded to Instagram on an iPad on his back.

Check out more cool costume ideas here.

Intramural sports is both a lot of un and super competitive at UNC.

Check out this awesome sport that happens to be pretty popular as well.

This has been my favorite Bible verse since before I could remember.

Oh, how happy is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered!     -Psalm 32:1  (New Revised Standard)

There are many versions of this verse exchanging happy for words like blessed and joyful.  Forgiveness is also described differently with versions saying the slate is wiped clean or sin is pardoned.

No matter what version you study, the message is clear.  There is a joyous feeling in being forgiven by our God.  Your slate is wipe clean, so rejoice!

So, what can I say and where can I say it?

Anything and anywhere right?

Wikipedia defines freedom of speech as "the political right to communicate one's opinions and ideas using one's body and property to anyone who is willing to receive them."

According to United States Law...

Freedom of speech includes the right:

  • Not to speak (specifically, the right not to salute the flag). - West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943).
  • Of students to wear black armbands to school to protest a war (“Students do not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate.”). - Tinker v. Des Moines, 393 U.S. 503 (1969).
  • To use certain offensive words and phrases to convey political messages. - Cohen v. California, 403 U.S. 15 (1971).
  • To contribute money (under certain circumstances) to political campaigns. - Buckley v. Valeo, 424 U.S. 1 (1976).
  • To advertise commercial products and professional services (with some restrictions). - Virginia Board of Pharmacy v. Virginia Consumer Council, 425 U.S. 748 (1976); Bates v. State Bar of Arizona, 433 U.S. 350 (1977).
  • To engage in symbolic speech, (e.g., burning the flag in protest). - Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (1989); United States v. Eichman, 496 U.S. 310 (1990).

Freedom of speech does NOT include the right:

  • To incite actions that would harm others (e.g., “[S]hout[ing] ‘fire’ in a crowded theater.”). - Schenck v. United States, 249 U.S. 47 (1919).
  • To make or distribute obscene materials. - Roth v. United States, 354 U.S. 476 (1957).
  • To burn draft cards as an anti-war protest. - United States v. O’Brien, 391 U.S. 367 (1968).
  • To permit students to print articles in a school newspaper over the objections of the school administration. - Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, 484 U.S. 260 (1988).
  • Of students to make an obscene speech at a school-sponsored event. - Bethel School District #43 v. Fraser, 478 U.S. 675 (1986).
  • Of students to advocate illegal drug use at a school-sponsored event. - Morse v. Frederick, U.S. (2007).

With all of that out of the way, what is freedom of speech, and why is it such an issue?

The big question is how to approach freedom of speech in the internet.

I look at this question by breaking it down even further. First of all, the internet involved the world. United States law does not rule the world. Plain and simple.

Also, the websites people visit are most often private businesses under their home country's law and implementing their own rules of the site. These are the most important thing to be aware of because no matter how much free speech you want to spill out on a site, they can do whatever they want to with that content (including deleting it or selling/sharing it) according to their terms and conditions.

So, be as free as you want to on the internet. I'd just remember these things:

1. You are never anonymous on the internet.

2. You are the subject of whoever owns the site you are on.

3. The internet is full of the free expression of ideas and opinions. Take advantage of that.

I came across a video of computer generated people trying their hardest to get up on a swinging metal fence.  The funniest part is that they can't get back up after they fall.

Check it out.

Click here for the source of the nonsense.