Stuff White People Like: a new blog

| March 8, 2008

It’s not often that you see a blog hit it out of the park right form the start, but this one has: Stuff White People Like. It’s one of the few blogs where I went back through the archives and read every single entry. Most entries make me laugh; some make me wince (at myself). Like today’s:

#87: T-Shirts

Many people and cultures view t-shirts as a simple piece of apparel that can be acquired cheaply and worn in casual situations. For white people, it’s never that easy. The t-shirt is one of the most complex and expressive items in their entire wardrobe.

Your choice of casualwear says a lot about you, and there are stringent rules and hierarchies associated with T-shirts that you must know before venturing into any white-dominated social situations.

T-shirts fall into three categories: vintage, new, and unacceptable, with the latter category compromising the bulk of the world’s supply. Within each category lies another, more precise subset of rules and rankings. Make no mistake, this is complicated.

The most prized t-shirt category is vintage. As shown earlier, white people need authenticity like they need oxygen and to have an original vintage t-shirt from the 1970s or 1980s is a very powerful social status symbol. The ideal shirt will have a funny logo, a year attached to it, and will be as thin as rice paper. In the event that two white people have shirts that meet this criteria, the superior ranking is given to the person who paid the least for the shirt. Acquiring a shirt at a vintage clothing store is seen as less respectable than sorting through racks at the Goodwill.

Heh. I won’t tell you how many t-shirts I have (1) folded (or at least stuffed) on my closet shelves, (2) hanging from hangers, or (3) in a plastic storage container with cedar blocks down in the storage room (those are my vintage t-shirts). I still have an original NeXT t-shirt (“The NeXT idea…in education!”) in its original wrapping. Sigh.

Anyway, go to the site. Trust me, it’s worth it.  ..bruce w..

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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  1. Cybrludite says:

    Seems to be more “What Liberal White People Like”, but still amusing.