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I'm given to understand that this site has enjoyed a certain vogue, lately, and has even given rise to a forthcoming book with the same title.
Personally, I find it pretty weak tea. I mean, where are oreos?
I don't know... It's not so bad, really, though it could possess more bite - for this, the authors would have to take to heart Steve Sailer's dictum that anti-racism and pro-minority sentiments of every kind among white elites are modes of intramural status competition.
I suppose my ambiguous thoughts on the matter could be summed thusly: good idea, execution lacking.
June 29, 2008 5:53 PM
It's too self-consciously cool for my taste...seems more about twenty-somethings than people my age. I'm 46.
Gary Keith Chesterton |
June 29, 2008 9:37 PM
I find it to be rather dead-on a good deal of the time.
"Liberal arts degrees"?
June 29, 2008 11:01 PM
Oreos shouldn't make the grade because... have you had an Oreo lately?
They switched away from lard during the production process and now they taste horrible. Perhaps I'm clouded by a highly accurate taste memory from childhood.
Their list sometimes misses the mark from my perspective, but the vast majority of it is dead on for my mid-30's crowd.
June 30, 2008 12:11 AM
They're missing Volkswagons and over-enunciating Spanish words.
June 30, 2008 11:48 AM
Avoid the combox if you have a low tolerance for truly vile commentary. However, I got a chuckle when one reader dubbed Morgan Spurlock's new cable series, "30 Days of Me Pretending to Give a &%#! About Non-White People."
Scott W. |
June 30, 2008 1:52 PM
OK, since my (bad, obscure) joke flew under everybody's radar...
steve burton |
June 30, 2008 3:18 PM
Well, that was more specific than I had thought; but at the general level, it seemed appropriate...
June 30, 2008 3:23 PM
Todd: Try Paul Newman's "Newman-O's." Rich, tasty, and don't disintegrate when dunked in milk.
Tony D. |
June 30, 2008 3:31 PM
Oops, sorry, Maximos - rereading, I see that you *did* get it ;^)
By the way, I find Todd's news, above, quite alarming. I haven't eaten an oreo (cookie) for at least twenty years, but surely that's something one ought to be able to count on always being the same!
steve burton |
June 30, 2008 3:47 PM
Tony D. - Touché!
Incidentally, I've heard the same thing about Hydrox that you report about Newman-O's: they're spunkier and they stand up better to milk. And rumor has it that they're about to reappear on supermarket shelves.
steve burton |
June 30, 2008 3:58 PM
While I did get your joke right off the bat, I knew it would never fly over there because that blog has to walk a thin line to not give its targets ammunition to use against it.
June 30, 2008 4:14 PM
Try Paul Newman's "Newman-O's." Rich, tasty, and don't disintegrate when dunked in milk.
They're good, but palm fruit oil will never be lard. Long live (er, um, yeah) the pig!
June 30, 2008 4:36 PM
When I first discovered that site they were only up to #75. After reading about all of the stuff white people like, I was forced to conclude that despite my blond hair, blue eyes, fair skin, and German surname, I must not be white.
Kevin B. |
July 1, 2008 12:59 AM
Brilliant. The authors clearly live in an upper-middle class suburb and to their credit, have turned to satire, instead of less healthier expressions in order to maintain their sanity.
"With few exceptions, white people are actually fond
of almost any dictator not named Hitler, and your remark that “this is just like something Mao Zedong would do” will be met with blank stares and possible social alienation. This is because, with the exception of Hitler,
oppressive dictators share a passion for many of the things white people love- such as universal health care, conspiracy theories, caring about poor people while being filthy rich, and cool hats. Stick to the script and
compare things you don’t like to Hitler, and Hitler alone."
July 1, 2008 12:47 PM
Kevin - thanks. *That* post really is brilliant.
steve burton |
July 1, 2008 8:59 PM
Steve, thanks for pointing the site out. They've got life in the 'burbs down pat, and take some well-aimed shots liberal snobbery;
"Naturally, white people do not get offended by statements directed at white people. In fact, they don’t even have a problem making offensive statements about other white people (ask a white person about “flyover states”). As a rule, white people strongly prefer to get offended on behalf of other people."
July 1, 2008 9:17 PM
"As a rule, white people strongly prefer to get offended on behalf of other people."
As long as those other people are out of punching distance. :)
Scott W. |
July 2, 2008 9:20 AM
This site is great. I've had fun the last few days poking around - thanks Steve. It should be "stuff relatively high income 20/30 something liberal white people like". Thats really the targeted group and the authors nail it most of the time. Some of acecdotes seem as if they read transcripts of my coworkers conversations.
But to be fair I'm guilty of several as well. You probably can't get the full weight of just how spot on they are unless you rub up against that crowd a little; David Sedaris, Arrested Development, Mos Def - ones like these probably require a little more acquaintance to fully enjoy.
mike d |
July 3, 2008 12:24 PM
Another thing White People Like is either ignoring, or stripping major holidays of their religious / patriotic content. Here we are; the Independence Day holiday is upon us, and W4 acts all vanilla by going blanc.
July 3, 2008 12:50 PM
And yet another thing they missed: reveling in the ability to arbitrarily ban people on the blogs they administer.
Just sayin'. :)
(FWIW: I think w4 has a very strong history of acknowledging major significant days, be them religious or patriotic, but sometimes not until that day actually gets here.)
July 3, 2008 1:36 PM
Kevin, it's sheerly our relatively small numbers and (speaking for myself) difficulty finding inspiration of the moment that accounts for any misses or near-misses on holidays. I know for myself that the minute I am assigned a topic or think, "I should say something about X," my mind goes completely blank. Or should that be "blanc"? Sometimes I've just gone bull-headedly ahead and put up a "Happy ____Day" post with little content, but I always feel guilty about doing that, too, so it's a puzzle.
Somehow I doubt that this has anything to do with my being white. :-)
July 3, 2008 1:48 PM
Lydia, I'd say the syndrome you described has everything to do with your being white. Right down to the obligatory disclaimer; "I doubt that this has anything to do with my being white."
Enjoy the 4th and keep it's spirit alive. We'll be calling on it in the days ahead.
July 3, 2008 3:28 PM
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