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And we — well, “me,” actually — are fucking exhausted. Let me tell you something: Vegas, as it turns out, will take it out of you. Although, if you are ever looking to get yourself super-weirded out, I do have some helpful hints! Like: Read Dostoevsky in a casino, whilst ladies wander around in black lace underpants serving drinks to gamblers at nine in the morning. Or: Ponder what it means for the state of modern political discourse that Nancy Pelosi is speaking in an establishment where a mechanical boat filled with Chippendales regularly descends from the ceiling to the tune of “Single Ladies.” Bonus points if you are attending a convention for online activists and the book you’ve chosen is “The Possessed,” which is apparently about how youthful activism will inevitably descend into murder, pedophilia, suicide, and learning all too late that it might not have been a good idea to dramatically throw money at the dude who’s offering to knock off your disabled wife for cash. But! I am back now. And no-one was assassinated, bankrupted, suicided (although it turns out I myself am all too vulnerable to the charms of indoor, air-conditioned, building-sanctioned smoking) or killed by a convict for being someone’s total bummer of a secret wife. So, success!

“But Sady,” you ask, “what did you do on the plane ride back? Other than count the hours until you could fill your lungs with sweet, sweet cigarette once again?” Well, my friends, it turns out I wrote a bit for Comment is Free! And you can find it here:

“Snark” is one of those fundamentally goofy internet neologisms that we could try to fight, but are better-off just learning to work with. The word denotes mean humour: sarcasm, venom, the art of the put-down. Mostly, it’s an attitude. Snark is the kids at the back of the class, heckling the substitute teacher; it’s the voice of people who feel stifled, talked down to, or left out; the tool of people who have discovered that honing in on the weaknesses of those in power, exposing them publicly (if only to their own circle of friends), and reducing them to figures of fun (if only in their own minds), makes them feel a little less helpless.

Of course, it’s a powerful tool in political writing. But like most sources of political power, it should be regarded with some healthy distrust, especially by those who feel called to use it.

And now, I have reached my limit for typing the word “snark” in 2010. But you should read the rest of the piece! Enjoy. Or don’t, whatever. Because now, for the fifth time today, I am going back to sleep.


  1. Bezdomny wrote:

    Oh God, why would you ever read The Posessed? I’m a fucking Russian Literature major and even I can’t stand it. (Also, hooray, you’re back!)

    Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 7:07 am | Permalink
  2. AMC wrote:

    Okay, so going over my previous comment I could see how that might be interpreted as “But why won’t you talk about what *I* like”, which was not my intention, and was merely a result of my overactive fanbrain.
    What I meant was-I love this blog, and I would love to hear your opinions on CA and TrueBlood if you ever listened/watch them if you have the time and are not otherwise occupied with beating down sexists and being generally awesome and Sady Fucking Doyle-like. Also, I like to share things that help me get through the “GAH Popculture is sexist MARZ!” haze of each day with-well, generally I overshare with everyone.
    Glad you are back!

    Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 11:35 am | Permalink
  3. Xeginy wrote:

    I’d like to second a hooray! that you’re back. I missed Tiger Beatdown.

    Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Permalink
  4. Gembird wrote:

    I saw the snark article! I haven’t commented yet, because I was reading it at work, whoops. But yay, there is Tiger Beatdown to read again! Unnecessary exclamation marks!

    Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Permalink
  5. Tavi wrote:

    You mean you didn’t have a totes Hangover-esque experience? BORING.

    Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Permalink
  6. Sady wrote:

    @Tavi: No, but if it helps, I did have a hangover!

    Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Permalink
  7. KMTBerry wrote:

    Your thoughts about snark are MEANINGFUL and TIMELY. You know what I think is a problem though? Most people, even smart ones, don’t know HOW to “act”. I mean, except for voting. If one wants to improve the political reality of America Today, what can a person do? And who has the TIME?

    It is overwhelming, and it doesn’t help that the Other Guys are 1) richer by far and maybe don’t even have to work, or sometimes even their JOB is fucking over the non-rich and 2) lots of them are retired (I am thinking of Teabaggers)

    What is a working-class liberal would be activist to do? Talking to each other in the internet has been marvelous, but so far hasn’t really led to ACTION!!!

    Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Permalink