Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The End of Sarcasm

I've noticed in the three years I've been on Saipan that many writers and speakers use heavy doses of sarcasm to get their points across. I don't mind sarcasm. It can be effective and funny. I don't think that it should be the preferred way for a person to communicate as in "how can I add sarcasm to the point I am trying to make". If this is your preferred way of communication you can run the risk of being labeled a "sarcastic person" which would not add to your credibilty.
The title is not calling for and end to sarcasm, nor do I think it is inappropriate way to deal with tough issues. It just seems to me that some of the sarcastic statements that a person could make might really turn out to be true.
Let's look at one issue. The $.17 per kilowat hour passed the legislature, but was vetoed by the Governor (it might be overriden). A sarcastic comment could be "Think how nice it will be when we lose all our electricity for several hours every day and several days a week. It will be just like the good ole days". Well, I think we would all find out quickly that it would not be better than the good ole days. Not sarcasm, just truth. Another example: I play shadow puppets with the kids when the power goes out at night. A sarcastic comment could be "I guess we could close down everything and just play shadow puppets with the kids". I guess we can.
In times like these you might want to be careful with sarcasm. It just might come to pass.

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