April 13, 2009

NICE SELF-CARICATURE:

Snark Attack: The New Yorker's David Denby campaigns against "low, teasing, snide, condescending" criticism: a review of Snark: It’s Mean, It’s Personal, and It’s Ruining Our Conversation, by David Denby (Michael C. Moynihan, April 6, 2009, Reason)

Not long ago, New Yorker film critic David Denby had an epiphany: American culture was being debased by “snark,” that “low, teasing, snide, condescending, knowing” style of criticism, a “bad kind of invective” that’s “spreading like pinkeye through the national conversation” and proliferating on the Internet. Denby received this revelation while enjoying a “pan-Pacific dinner” with the political journalist Michael Kinsley. “Somewhere between the Singing Fish Satay and the Pow Wok Lamb,” he writes, “Mike and I...said more or less the same thing—that snark was becoming the characteristic discourse of our time.”

Maybe intellectuals wouldn't be made fun of so much if they didn't make themselves such targets of opportunity?

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 13, 2009 7:00 AM
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