Phi Beta Cons

A Very Serious Point About Study Abroad

The funniest new website around, Stuff White People Like, has this cutting analysis. In part:

[T]hey all pretty much work the same way. You arrived in Australia not knowing anybody, you went out to the bar the first night and made a lot of friends, you had a short relationship with someone from a foreign country, you didn’t learn anything, and you acquired a taste for something (local food, beer, fruit). This latter point is important because you will need to be able to tell everyone how it is unavailable in your current country.

The site as a whole is very interesting from a sociological standpoint – by “white people” it means educated, rich, liberal Caucasians who want to show their true commitments to multiculturalism and “social justice.” It mocks them relentlessly.


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