It's an absolutely hilarious takedown of everything pretentious, self-important, condescending, and irrational about upper-middle-class white people. I'll admit to being guilty of a few of these myself, but on the whole the lifestyle described requires far more money than I've got (or, as seems more and more likely, will ever have).
Some excerpts (errors in original):
#40: Apple Products:
"On the surface, you would ask yourself, how is that white people love a multi-billion dollar company with manufacturing plants in China, mass production, and that contributes to global pollution through the manufacture of consumer electronic devices?
Simple answer: Apple products tell the world you are creative and unique. They are an exclusive product line only used by every white college student, designer, writer, English teacher, and hipster on the planet."
#44: Public Radio:
"White people love staions like NPR (which is equivalent to listening to cardboard), and they love shows like This American Life and Democracy Now. This confuses immigrants from the third world. The see the need for radio as a source for sports, top 40 radio and traffic reports but they don’t quite understand why people who can afford TVs and have access to Youtube, would spend hours listening to the opinions of overeducated arts majors."
#47: Arts Degrees:
"These degrees enable white people to spend four yeas of their lives reading books, writing papers and feeling great about themselves. It is a known fact that Arts students firmly believe that they are doing you/society a favor by not getting a job and reading Proust. They use this to protest for reduced tuition, more money for the arts, and special reduced student rates on things like bus passes.
But what about the white people who study Science, Engineering or Business? Unless they become doctors, they essentially lose white person status (and can only be regained by working at a non-profit)."
#48: Whole Foods and Grocery Co-ops:
"These stores are excellent for bringing children, as there is nothing that they actually want.
“Oh, mommy, look chocolate!”
“No Joshua, that’s carob.”
“I want it.”
The child will then take a bite and realize that nothing in the store can be trusted."Posted by ryan at February 15, 2008 09:53 AM | TrackBack