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“Stuff White People Like”: Stance, Class, Race, and Internet Commentary

Shana Walton and Alexandra Jaffe

in Digital Discourse

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199795437
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919321 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795437.003.0010

Series: Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics

“Stuff White People Like”: Stance, Class, Race, and Internet Commentary

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This chapter analyzes the humorous blog Stuff White People Like, examining both the stances towards Whiteness taken by the author as well as the stances taken up by readers in online commentaries. The new media forum allows people who come to the site firstly to overtly display and “perform” the underlying concepts introduced but submerged by the author in his blogs; and secondly to reveal the deeply racialized discourse that permeates American society. While these activities in some ways challenge White privilege, the analysis shows that more often, using a racialized stance allows the author and readers to simultaneously parody a privileged class habitus, and participate in and benefit from it. The chapter argues that reflexivity with respect to race and class privilege is one of the central forms of cultural capital (along with esthetics) that this site offers to its readers and online discussion participants.

Keywords: blogs; stance; Whiteness; Stuff White People Like; racial discourses

Chapter.  7801 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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