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Megan McArdle

Why I Try Not to Write Bad Reviews

Why snark doesn't pay.

Last week, Gawker editor Tom Scocca published an essay pushing back against the pushback against snark. The real problem, he argued, was "smarm":

Malcolm Gladwell responded this week, which sent the Internet into another frenzy of denunciation and counter-denunciation. Which has gotten me thinking about the decision I made a few years back to avoid writing bad reviews.