'White People' Is Model of Right Time, Right Place

Offensive site points up how blogs can serve as book proposals
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2008 9:27 PM CDT
Stuffwhitepeoplelike.wordpress.com is seen in this screen capture. The satirical blog has rapidly become a frequently forwarded favorite.   (stuffwhitepeoplelike.wordpress.com)
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(Newser) – The skyrocket success of blog “Stuff White People Like” has shown anew how quickly (and lucratively) a zeitgeist-capturing blog can become a mass-market success story. Only three months young, the site—which skewers the posturing of liberal bourgeois Caucasians—has earned its creator a massive readership and a six-figure book deal with Random House, ABC reports.

“Blogs really serve as a proposal” for the publishing industry, says one professor— a living, breathing experiment with talent and with its potential audience. Another academic is impressed that “Stuff,” in pegging coffee, farmers’ markets and film festivals as racially charged, hit on such a rich vein of offensive humor: “white people love guilt…knowing you have entitlement and feeling extremely guilty about it.” (Read more blog stories.)