June 2013 LSAT, Reading Comprehension, Q11

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project Another Main Point question. I'm looking for "hipsters are pretty cool because they have revived old-school photographic techniques." Too easy.

If you struggled at all with questions 8-14, odds are that you didn't quite catch the main point of the passage. Here's my summary, if you need a refresher.

A. This looks pretty good. The author definitely seemed in favor of using the old techniques, and laid out several perceived aesthetic advantages. I'll be very happy with this answer, if I can get past B-E.

B. This seems to dry to me. The author seemed to be happy about the hipsters reviving old photographic techniques. This answer could be used to describe a passage that just said "here's how it's done"... I think the passage actually was more like "here's what's cool about this." I like A better.

C. Hmm. Now I'm in a bit of a pickle. The author most certainly did talk about a "recent development in photographic arts," and I do think it's fair to say that said development is "surprising." (Remember, we picked an answer for #8 that used the word "ironic." If we were right about #8, then I don't see how we can pass on this answer. Looking back at A, it doesn't really capture the idea that people are actually using the old techniques... A could just as easily be describing a piece lamenting the loss of the old techniques as describing the actual passage, which celebrates their revival. I like C best so far.

D. This one is easier to eliminate, because the author never said anything about hipsters receiving "acclaim" for their work. Next please.

E. This is another throwaway. The passage did mention two photographers, but the point of the passage was not to contrast those two. This is the type of answer you might pick if you read the questions first, and tried to answer them by skimming through the passage. It's a really terrible answer, if you actually read the passage.

Our answer is C, because it's the best match for the purpose of the passage. I found both A and B attractive here as well. That makes this a tough question.

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