Sunday, January 24, 2010

Snarky Comments: Are They TRULY Necessary?

A fellow blogger was expressing her views on the lack of etiquette in today’s world. On one particular issue, she repeated the old pearl: if you can’t say something nice, don’t say it at all. I agree. What is the point of being nasty when you don’t have to be? If something absolutely must be said, frame it in the best manner possible. She went on to say, “Snarky may sell, but it has no class, no matter how popular it is. Snarky is the trailer park of public discourse.”

While most comments on the post agreed with the blogger, there were some that didn't agree:

“By admonishing each other to stay silent, we're weakening our ability to respond to criticism with humor and perspective.”
and

“I for one, will not be silenced just to be sweet and polite and compliant and oh so politically correct...never ever. Never.”
They are confusing civility with censorship. Come on, people! There is a time and place for everything. Use your intelligence to respond thoughtfully and not spout off the first negative, hurtful thing that comes to mind – even if it is your “right.” Your message will then more likely be taken seriously and not dismissed as a rant from a nut case or hate monger.

That’s all the blogger was really saying. Be thoughtful.