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. Michael C. Moynihan reads his new book attacking the trend, Snark: It’s Mean, It’s Personal, and It’s Ruining Our Conversation, and wonders if Denby can differentiate between snark and political ideas with which he disagrees.
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