Tuesday, March 13, 2012

An Ode to Sincerity

It's possible that, from time to time, I engage in snarkiness or sarcasm. It's possible that I read snarky blogs, watch The Daily Show and do a lot more which induldges my need for snark and sarcasm. I'm not going to stand here and tell you that I'm going to stop, or that I want to stop.

But, my favorite writer, Joe Posnanski, has a post up about the glory of sincerity - about being not snarky in a snarky world. And, you know what? He's right. And, he's brilliant. 

I'm not going to pull any quotes, because it's so darn good. Olive Garden, Disney World and watching the world from an airplane window. Little joys in life, which we don't have to smirk at.

OK. 1 (long) quote:

There's so much good, funny, smart writing available on the Internet these days that it's easy to miss that there's a certain kind of writing that isn't much available: And that's VULNERABLE writing. Could you imagine how much different "Catcher In The Rye" might have been if readers were allowed to write their immediate comments below it?

PsychoBrat: "Hey, Holden quit WHINING!!!!!"

StevieStevie: "Rye sanwichh. Mmmm."

TerribleTim: "Stooooooooooooopid."

MarjorieM: "You guys totally missed the point. This was about the confusion of youth and the desire to find something real and authentic in a world changing too rapidly …"

BaseDuen2847: "Shut up Marjoarie. Maybe YOU missed the point."

StevieStevie: "Rye sanldwiche. Mmmmm. Mmmm."

Who wants to expose their hearts on the Internet? Who wants to admit -- except in some deeply ironic way -- that they really and truly like something? Who wants to lay bare their enthusiasm, open it up to the boots of cynics and skeptics and snarkers? Much better to start a "Fire Rex Ryan" Web site … or poke fun at Yuni Betancourt.

Good stuff, man. Good stuff.

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