Yes, I know that beatniks are a terribly outdated reference. I still use it for three reasons.
1. Beatnik is a funny word.
2. The nearest non-dated equivalent, hipster, is a moving target. What constitutes a hipster changes every year. If you had told someone from ten years ago that hipsters today would wear plaid shirts and have handlebar moustaches, they wouldn’t believe you.
3. I can make fun of beatniks without fear of offending beatniks because the very few of them who are still around are not reading web comics, unless there’s a comic about bongo drums that I’m unaware of.
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