I owe much of the pleasure I got from reading Stuff White People Like to NPR, where the tastes and purviews of whiterpeople are on full display. Last weekend, a story was aired (less than five minutes in duration) about how sluggish retail spending is effecting Whole Foods that contains in it ten--ten--of the things whiterpeople like. Most come in the first two minutes. They are (in addition to public radio):
- Whole Foods (the tour takes place inside of one)
- Manhattan (... one located in Manhattan, NY)
- Organic food (of course WF is full of it, and even those who are value-conscious can afford to buy)
- Sushi (the WF contains four sushi bars!)
- Vegetarianism/Veganism (the daily special is a kind of tofu burger)
- Two last names (the tour guide's name is Allie Crone-Smith)
- Having been poor before (only in the book; accompanying reporter Robert Smith are two people on a thin budget--because they're college students!--who need the value tour)
- Buying local (one of the college kids explains she's coming to WF's for this reason)
- Recycling (the value vouchers being handed out are printed, using soy ink, on recycled paper)
As a bonus, the reporter asks Crone-Smith if the store has considered posting a crazy spokesperson at the front of the store who shouts, "We stack it deep, we sell it cheap!" She delicately explains that such a tactic is not really the store's style, insinuating of course that the wrong kind of white people are into those sorts of gimmicks.
If you're unfamiliar with whiterpeople's cultural sensibilities, NPR is a prudent way (much more so than actually doing the things they enjoy, like going to plays or film festivals) to become less so.
Do make sure you flip back to talk radio regularly, however, to keep yourself abreast of what is actually going on in the world. As Clander points out on multiple occasions, whiterpeople are into psuedo-intellectual pursuits that appear sophisticated without requiring much cognitive effort (like the aforementioned film festival or books on architecture). What do John Stewart's, Stephen Colbert's, and Bill O'Reilly's viewerships/listenerships have in common? They're all better-informed than NPR's listenership is.