Just two weeks ago, fancy “old gray woman” the New York Times produced a comical document instructing its various blog editors to Avoid Snark Or Die. Really, they did this, at the NYT. “What should be avoided in all of them is any hint of racist, sexist or religious bias, or any suggestion of nasty, snide, sarcastic, or condescending tone — ‘snark.’ If something could easily fit in a satirical Web site for young adults, it probably shouldn’t go into the news pages of nytimes.com.” Ahem.
We may not be “young adults” — we don’t even begin to get this “Christian vampire sex” craze the ‘tweens and college freshmen are literally masturbating to, right now, using the “Wii” — but we do know a thing or two about “snark.” It is, of course, one of the main words in the title of the greatest pamphlet of the baby-boomer generation, the parasitic movie reviewer David Denby’s dinner conversation with Michael Kinsley, Snark: It’s Mean, It’s Personal, and it’s Ruining Our Dinner Conversation.
And now, in the august pages of the online edition of America’s better newspapers, we are confronted with the filth of cheap jokes. Not just any cheap jokes, either. No! This joke, on the supposed “news” blog of the world’s finest journalistic enterprise, is at the expense of leftist protesters (they could be described that way, right?), and as we all know, the Greatest Generation, of the 1960s, also engaged in leftist protests, and THAT’S NOT FUNNY.
Contractions, colloquialisms and even slang are, generally speaking, more allowable in blogs than in print. But obscenity and vulgarity are not, and of course unverified assertions of fact, blind pejorative quotes, and other lapses in journalistic standards don’t ever belong in blogs.
These crude youth also did an entire post of April Fools Day youtubes, which is just bogus. (Thanks to Wonkette Operative loquaciousmusic for the tip.)