June 2013 LSAT, Reading Comprehension, passage 2 summary

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project Once again, I'm bored at the outset. Who is Jayne Hinds Bidaut, and why would I care about her? Tintype, photography, entomology... I could care less, I suppose, but I couldn't care much less. But I have to put that aside. As I said in my summary of passage 1, the LSAT's Reading Comprehension is largely a battle of wills. I can't fall asleep here. Above all else, I have to stay engaged.

One way to do this is to "fake it 'til you make it." Perhaps if I pretend to be very excited by Jayne Hinds Bidaut and her tintype bug photography, I'll end up actually getting excited. It might not seem likely, but I'll try. Apparently the author thinks this is really interesting. So I'll play along. Oooooh, a long-lost form of photography that's been rediscovered in the brand-new context of entymology? Tell me more!

The second paragraph actually catches a bit more of my interest... maybe it's more interesting, or maybe my faking it is starting to work. Anyway, in the second paragraph we're introduced to another photographer, some dude Dan, with a crazy fantasy about taking photos using this old technology and planting them in flea markets and antique shops, to be discovered as "originals." It's not my idea of a thrilling weekend, but different strokes for different folks I guess. Onward!

In the third paragraph, we learn that Jayne and Dan aren't the only people reviving old photography tech. Turns out there is a whole mess of hipsters out there, each trying to outdo the other with extremes of old-fashioned picture-taking technology. "Yeah, I used to make cave paintings until it got so commercial." (By the way, I highly recommend the website "Look at this fucking hipster."

The fourth paragraph is thick with douchy analysis like "his work embraces accident and idiosyncrasy in order to foster the illusion of antiquity." The point is this: The reason why the hipsters like old photography tech is the exact reason the original photographers abandoned that same tech: Basically, because it sucks. The hipsters actually like all the blots and blurs and imperfections that come with using old-timey technology. Why? Well, because they are hipsters. Why on earth would they ride fixed-gear bikes or drink crappy beer? They think it's cool to use stuff that the rest of the modern world has decided is crap.

The last paragraph seems to indicate that the author, herself, might be a fucking hipster. The tone here is very complimentary to the retro-photographers, inventing the bullshit term "antiquarian avant-gardists" and saying that the crap they churn out is "virtually guaranteed" to be "one of a kind." Oh, sure. Every dumbass in Dolores Park is photographing their friend's horrible tattoo with a pinhole camera, and every one of those photos is an "intimate" work of art.

I'm glad that's over. And I'm glad I'm pissed! Allowing myself to get agitated about the hipsters helped me get my hooks in this passage, and I think the questions should be pretty easy at this point. Why did the author waste my time with this? Well, the author is a hipster who thinks that hipsters are creating unique and intimate works of art by resurrecting old photographic techniques. That's the main point. The bulk of the questions will usually probe for our understanding of this main point.

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