Indie Not Just Another Market Segment

CNN is running a special section on indie culture.
Ryan Schreiber, the editor and founder of Pitchfork Media, a popular online magazine that chronicles the indie music scene, said the indie spirit has been commodified and re-envisioned as a marketable lifestyle just like punk, alternative and grunge before it. “But those are all permutations of the same very resilient subculture,” he said.
“If the last 30 years are any indication, after every last cent has been wrung from it, it’ll just burrow back underground and continue on its own terms,” he said. “You can’t kill the ideal.”

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. On daily basis I see examples of this. Essentially there is an oxymoronic concept of “mainstream counter-culture.” Obviously it’s always been cool to rebel and be different, but today internet and other forms of communication have made it hard for anything cool to be left a secret, and therefore what is Indie at first, if cool enough, will become mainstream, and no longer Indie.