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David Denby on the Snark

10 Sep 2009

Snark – noun. Also snarky (adj.) and snarkily (adv.).

In his controversial new book The New Yorker film critic David Denby argues that snarkiness – a tone of snide and knowing abuse – has become the central purpose and style of much of our communication on the internet. Now Denby comes to the ICA to trace the lineage of the snark, to campaign against its spread, and to argue that we need to rehabilitate more elegant forms of literary attack – the spoof, the lampoon and burlesque – to build a bridgehead against the snipes of the snarkers.

After a short talk, Denby will be in conversation with James Harkin, author of Cyburbia.

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