Level of sarcasm as a measure of intelligence?

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  1. cuffthis

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    IMHO, effective sarcasm requires knowledge of the subject matter.

    If so, are those most sarcastic on an issue the most knowledgeable?
     
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    IMHO, effective sarcasm requires knowledge of the subject matter.

    If so, are those most sarcastic on an issue the most knowledgeable?


    No. They are those whose lives are the most empty, teetering on the dark brink of the abyss.

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    No. They are those whose lives are the most empty, teetering on the dark brink of the abyss.

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    But silence = acceptance?
     
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    Perpetual sarcasm and snark are modus operandi for American male conversations, possibly British too, but I cannot confirm it.
     
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    No. They are those whose lives are the most empty, teetering on the dark brink of the abyss.

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    +1. I remember the sarcasim of Smashing Pumpkin/Nirvana fans in the early 90's.
     
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    Perpetual sarcasm and snark are modus operandi for American male conversations, possibly British too, but I cannot confirm it.
    We have so much sarcasm and irony in British conversation sometimes it goes all the way from sarcasm through earnestness and back to sarcasm again. You end up in a state where you are sarcastic even about the things you are serious about, and only treat stupid stuff seriously. Sometimes you don't even know if you are being sarcastic till other people have replied, like Schroedinger's cat you need an outside observer to determine which of the two states you are in. And no sarcasm is not a measure of intelligence, subtle sarcasm and the sort of humour that genuinely can be interpreted both ways so only the few know you are joking might be intelligent, or something a little absurd. Crude sarcasm is just crude, it also doesn't show any imagination generally. I believe Oscar Wilde said something erudite on the topic.
     
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    Sometimes you don't even know if you are being sarcastic till other people have replied, like Schroedinger's cat you need an outside observer to determine which of the two states you are in.
    Sometimes even that doesn't work:

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    Nice seeing you here, cuffthis.

    It seems that English language culture uses far more sarcasm than any other language.

    My experience with Chinese is that it seems almost entirely devoid of it.
     
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    Nice seeing you here, cuffthis.

    It seems that English language culture uses far more sarcasm than any other language.

    My experience with Chinese is that it seems almost entirely devoid of it.


    I would disagree that Chinese language culture is devoid of sarcasm.
     
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    IMO, constant sarcasm is a sign of insecurity. It has its place, but those who must always use it tend to be douchebags.
     
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    Nice seeing you here, cuffthis.

    It seems that English language culture uses far more sarcasm than any other language.

    My experience with Chinese is that it seems almost entirely devoid of it.


    This is an interesting thought. I can't imagine ever being able to tell if a German-speaker was being sarcastic. Then again, I can't imagine anything being said in German being funny at all...
     
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    Does excessive sarcasm ultimately — and most assuredly — lead to cynicism?
     
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    IMHO, effective sarcasm requires knowledge of the subject matter.

    If so, are those most sarcastic on an issue the most knowledgeable?


    Yes, yes I am.
     
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    IMO, constant sarcasm is a sign of insecurity. It has its place, but those who must always use it tend to be douchebags.

    +10000

    I find that type of interaction to be very bitchy and never observed an analogous behavior in Europe or Asia.
    Basically all that snark is a sign of intellectual immaturity. It is juvenile and gratuitous.
     

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