Some of the things I said in the article are no longer true of me, or of what I currently believe.
He was not interested in publishing negative book reviews. In place of "the scathing takedown rip," Fitzgerald said, he desired to promote a positive community experience. A community, even one dedicated to positivity, needs an enemy to define itself against.
Upworthy, the next iteration, has gone ahead and made its name out of the premise. There is more at work here than mere good feelings.
There is a consensus, or something that has assumed the tone of a consensus, that we are living, to our disadvantage, in an age of snark—that the problem of our times is a thing called "snark. In her essay, Julavits was grappling with the question of negative book reviewing: Was it fair or necessary?
Was the meanness displayed in book reviews a symptom of deeper failings in the culture? The decade that followed did little to clear up the trouble; if anything, the identification of "snark" gave people a way to avoid thinking very hard about it.
Snark is supposed to be self-evidently and self-explanatorily bad: I bought the Denby book used for six bucks, to cut him out of the loop on any royalties.
But why are nastiness and snideness taken to be features of our age? One general point of agreement, in denunciations of snark, is that snark is reactive. It is a kind of response. Yet to what is it responding? Of what is it contemptuous? Stand against snark, and you are standing with everything decent.
Over time, it has become clear that anti-negativity is a worldview of its own, a particular mode of thinking and argument, no matter how evasively or vapidly it chooses to express itself. It is scolding, couched as an appeal to goodness, in the name of an absent authority.
The same maxim—minus the Disney citation and tidied up to "anything at all"—was offered by an organization called PRConsulting Group recently, in support of its announcement that the third Tuesday in October would be " Snark-Free Day.
Are the goals of the public-relations profession the goals of the world in general? Why does a publicist talk like a book reviewer? If you listen to the crusaders against negativity—in literature, in journalism, in politics, in commerce—you begin to hear a recurring set of themes and attitudes, amounting to an omnipresent, unnamed cultural force.
The words flung outward start to define a sort of unarticulated philosophy, one that has largely avoided being recognized and defined. Without identifying and comprehending what they have in common, we have a dangerously incomplete understanding of the conditions we are living under.The Trouble with Wilderness; or, Getting Back to the Wrong Nature by William Cronon.
Print-formatted version: PDF In William Cronon, ed., Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature, New York: W. W. Norton & Co., , The time has come to rethink wilderness.
The Democrats are right, there are two Americas. The America that works, and the America that doesn’t. The America that contributes, and the America that doesn’t.
I originally introduced the term “orthorexia” in the article below, published in the October issue of Yoga Journal. Some of the things I said in the article are no longer true of . Acculturation is the process of social, psychological, and cultural change that stems from blending between cultures.
The effects of acculturation can be seen at multiple levels in both the original (native) and newly adopted (host) cultures.
Historically speaking, acculturation is a direct change of one's culture through dominance over another's culture through either military or political. This essay delves deeply into the origins of the Vietnam War, critiques U.S.
justifications for intervention, examines the brutal conduct of the war, and discusses the . By Lt Daniel Furseth. Today, I stopped caring about my fellow man. I stopped caring about my community, my neighbors, and those I serve. I stopped caring today because a once noble profession has become despised, hated, distrusted, and mostly unwanted.