San Francisco is changing, and it is not weird or freaky as it once was. People in the artsy environment can feel this immediately, and rather than being able to just go out and be weird, today there’s more a sort of lamentation that fills the air in the City. Burlesque troupes are now singing songs with titles like ‘Not My City Anymore’ and punk-inflected bag designers are nowadays starting campaigns like ‘SF – Please Stay Strange’. These are all signs of some inescapable loss, and we should fear that some intrinsic San Francisco elements are vanishing.
One of the obvious culprits is the phenomenon of money. There are quite a few individuals that are worth tens of millions of dollars who still think they are some sort of revolutionary or counter-cultural renegades, but they’re in too good standing. Sure, we may bash the software generation as much as we want as they’re the cause of a lot of bad going on, but the fact of the matter is that internet nerds form a crucial element to the phenomenon of ‘weirdness.‘