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What would a blog called Stuff North Dakotans Like include?
January 11, 2013 - Andrea Johnson
The Stuff White People Like blog was apparently big a few years ago, but now the acronym SWPL seems to be an acronym in the blogosphere for a certain kind of painfully hip, wealthy, fashionable upper class liberal white person.
The first time a conservative blogger used it, I had to ask what the heck these SWPLs are. Then I got curious enough to check out the blog. The descriptions remind me of my socially conscious Seattle cousins and certain English and women's studies professors I had in college. Some of my college friends likely would have qualified if they had had the blog way back then. I belonged to the university's branch of Amnesty International and Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO) at the time. One member of the group spent a year in Prague after he graduated, something I've always been kind of sorry I didn't do when I was younger. On the other hand, I'm not sure if the North Dakota variety of hipster would qualify as an SWPL if you asked the hipsters in Seattle and Brooklyn.
Among the things SWPLs like at stuffwhitepeoplelike.com are such things as: picking their own fruit; "Mad Men," taking a year off; political prisoners; black music that black people don't listen to anymore; appearing to like classical music; The Onion; unpaid internships; being offended; hummus; free healthcare; having gay friends; having black friends; hating corporations; graduate school; bottled water; being the only white person around; expensive sandwiches; natural medicine; vintage items; public radio; marijuana; vegetarian diets; Wrigley Field; not having a TV; yoga; Barack Obama; farmer's markets; film festivals and religions their parents don't belong to.
What would a blog called "Stuff North Dakotans Like" include? I think it could be a hit. Maybe even get a book deal (something else SWPLs are supposed to like.)
The blog can be found at (www.stuffwhitepeoplelike.com)
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