—for Susan Sontag
1. Snark is a noun—a combination of "snide" and "remark."
Sarcastic comment(s). Also snarky (adj.) and snarkily (adv.)
“His commentary was rife with snark.”
"Your boundless ineptitude is astounding," she snarkily declared.
“Not to be snarky, but I don't see how what you're saying makes any sense.”
"Oh, well, *that's* a good idea. How about we *all* follow *you* and jump off a cliff like lemmings?" she said snarkily.
2. Many things in this world are snarky; and many things, even if they’re not snarky yet, will be snarky soon.
3. One of these is the sensibility—unmistakably postmodern, a variant of camp sophistication but hardly identical with it—going by the cult name of "Snark."
4. A sensibility is one of the hardest things to talk about; but there are special reasons why Snark, in particular, should be discussed now.
5. What is Snark?
6. Sometimes Snark or Snarkism is basically defined as someone who is suffering from a bad case of snarkiness: “Woah, bitch, don’t give me none of that snarkism.”
7. Sometimes Snark is defined as mode of masturbation—like “Snarkabratory.” Which is commenting on a topic, item or situation in a gratuitously snarky, scabrous semi-crapulous and peurile manner. Sometimes in a vain attempt to appear relevant to someone under-25. Usually associated with outpourings from semi-literate "urban kultcha kritic" magazine journo's: "MTV is the same age as Justin Timberlake. To progress from that in the usual snarkabratory way is to say TV producers have even less talent than a e-tard flamed on bang".
8. Sometimes Snark is defined as “Snarkalicious”—a really good snide remark at someone like “Wow, that talk show host is really snarkalicious with paris.” Or groovy in her own right, Snarkalicious is a person on a mission. “Your mission—cure all constipated children and giving shaving advice. You will leap tall buildings and shoot people down with the immense power of sarcasm.” Snarkalicious is a powerful entity; however, Snarkalicious (or Snark abbreviated) can also be a gentle soul: “Groovy Snarkalicious Puget is sitting on his couch eating Cheetos and farting along with the Wiggles.”
9. Sometimes Snark is something not to do as in “Snarkbait”—something which someone says is bait for a snarky response or lecture. “I wouldn't say that again. What you just said was pure snarkbait.”
10. Sometimes Snark implies bigger Blogosphere boogers: like “Snarkfest” meaning feasting on the words or comments within a Blog by others in the Blogosphere such as when a news item or story, placed by another to snare another logger into smearing the discussed article as fallacious, and then attacking the Blogger as a liar.
11. A form of Snark is “Snarkblogging”—to write blog entries with a high level of snark. Sometimes it can be considered mean, but snarkblogging sometimes is funny, insightful and interesting. “Dude, I so snarkblogged the Zuckerberg interview.” ”I cant believe that company thought that was a press release. I am going to snarkblog this tomorrow.” ”Did you read that snarkblog? They nailed Steve Jobs perfectly, and it was so funny.”
12. Sometimes Snark can verge on “Snarkasm”—especially snide or belittling sarcasm, often directed at a person to their face. Alternately: Snarcasm. While the comment, about a third person, "Yeah, that's really going to work," is just conventional sarcasm, the same comment, directed at the person will exaggerated inflection, "Yeah, that's REALLY going to WORK," slips into snarkasm.
13. Snark often shows up as “Snarkhole”—a snarky asshole; an annoying, sarcastic, self-superior, person. “I read about it from the snarkholes at the Poetry Forum.”
14. Snark has happened to me. Even I have been called a “Snarklette”—an attention whore who posts too many poems & postings. Puget is such a freaking snarklette. No wonder everyone hates him and his toupee.”
15. In terms of the web there’s the “Snarkpit”—referring to possibly the greatest website ever made, for mappers and anyone else whoes bothered. "Did you see that new ultra leet feature of snarkpit.com the other day?"
16. Personally I prefer the word “Snarky” since the word is me: a witty mannerism, personality, or behavior that is a combination of sarcasm and cynicism. Usually accepted as a complimentary term. Snark is sometimes mistaken for a snotty or arrogant attitude. “His snarky remarks had half the room on the floor laughing and the other half ready to walk out.”
(to be continued…)