Saturday, August 02, 2008

Post-Modernism and Stuff White People Like   posted by Razib @ 8/02/2008 03:03:00 PM

This week's To the Best of Our Knowledge is on Post-Modernism. The whole episode is worth a listen, but one of the segments is with Christian Lander of Stuff White People Like. Unlike most of my friends I haven't generally found the website that funny,* but Lander is actually pretty amusing in the interview. I think the Steve Sailer influence is pretty obvious, especially the parts where Lander dwells on the fact that White People elevate their White status by dissing white people more broadly (the fact that Lander is distilling a lot of Sailerisms probably explains part of my general "so what" reaction to Stuff White People Like; no shit NPR is real white, that's just true, not ironic).**

* Some of my anti-racist Lefty haters might sneer that here through my avowed disinterest in Stuff White People Like I am actually signaling the aspirational Whiteness which I often manifest. But I, a Man of Color (MoC), will never be able to attain this status because of the structural parameters which Oppress the Other. Of course, one could argue that one of the things that White People like is hating on Persons of Color (PoC) who don't toe the White line on what PoCs should be about, so simulating white (as opposed to White) attitudes on PoCs to show recalcitrant PoCs that they need to get back in line is something White People Like.

** Steve has stated that Lander is a long time reader.