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(WTOP)   Why is sarcasm so hard to pull off online? Gosh, could it be because people are stupid? Great question, though. Great article, really insightful stuff. Check the thread for some really intelligent, non-trolling commentary, too   ( wtop.com) divider line
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2018-03-08 11:04:48 AM  
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2018-03-08 11:12:08 AM  
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2018-03-08 11:15:08 AM  
Right, yeah. Sarcasm is soooooooo hard to pull off online, because people are sooooooo stupid.

/eye-roll
 
2018-03-08 11:15:24 AM  
Yeah, I'll jump right on it.
 
2018-03-08 11:18:05 AM  
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2018-03-08 11:18:32 AM  
I just love headlines that make me want to slit someone else's throat. Your great subby.

/not subby
/not grate
 
2018-03-08 11:19:33 AM  
Short answer: Because tone of voice doesn't really translate well over the internet.


the Kids in the Hall - Sarcastic Guy
Youtube 5Q2lBSctGBo
 
2018-03-08 11:20:45 AM  
Because tone of voice is the main feature when speaking sarcastically
Why isn't there a sarcasm font???
 
2018-03-08 11:20:50 AM  
Sarcasm is awesome.
 
2018-03-08 11:21:05 AM  
Fascinating headline, subby.  I can wait to dive into TFA and read all about it.  Truly you're a friend and savior to us all for getting us this incredibly valuable information.
 
2018-03-08 11:21:25 AM  
Great headline, Subby. That's headline of the year material right there.
 
2018-03-08 11:21:30 AM  
I tried to read the article but the ones and zeros turned to stone this morning when the sunlight hit them.
 
2018-03-08 11:23:06 AM  
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2018-03-08 11:23:21 AM  
Great headline, subby. HOTY material right there.

/prime example of why sarcasm doesn't work online.
 
2018-03-08 11:24:57 AM  

big pig peaches: Great headline, Subby. That's headline of the year material right there.


You, sir, are an intellect of stunning grandeur.
 
2018-03-08 11:25:21 AM  
The free market has a solution:

https://www.sarcmark.com
 
2018-03-08 11:25:51 AM  
You have to know the person "speaking" in order to know if they are being sarcastic. Also:

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2018-03-08 11:26:03 AM  

swamp_of_dumb: big pig peaches: Great headline, Subby. That's headline of the year material right there.

You, sir, are an intellect of stunning grandeur.


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2018-03-08 11:26:29 AM  
I'm just gonna leave this here now.
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//Yeah, that's helpful.
 
2018-03-08 11:27:03 AM  
Dear Subby,
I love you with all my heart.
Mom
 
2018-03-08 11:27:31 AM  
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2018-03-08 11:27:34 AM  
Sarcasm is usually communicated through non-verbal cues. Inflection (tone of voice, not the message itself), body-language, etc.
 
2018-03-08 11:28:16 AM  
Well, bless  your heart child
 
2018-03-08 11:28:25 AM  
Fark is not a place for snark or sarcasm. This is a serious news site for pithy discussion of current events. All posts are serious and anyone with wrong opinions are paid agents from eastern block countries.
 
2018-03-08 11:28:26 AM  

doubled99: Because tone of voice is the main feature when speaking sarcastically
Why isn't there a sarcasm font???


Or an emoji thingy. Usually I just add :-) after my sarcastic remarks.
 
2018-03-08 11:29:15 AM  
Doesn't this fall into the category of "explaining a joke, makes it not funny?"
 
2018-03-08 11:30:28 AM  

rkiller1: Dear Subby,
I love you with all my heart.
Mom


Bless your heart...
 
2018-03-08 11:31:10 AM  

RobotSpider: Sarcasm is usually communicated through non-verbal cues. Inflection (tone of voice, not the message itself), body-language, etc.


A true master of sarcasm can convey sarcastic intent through wording alone. Look to Fark masters Mike_LowELL and Pocket Ninja for shining examples.

Amateurs of written sarcasm write over-the-top and excessively blunt statements that lack the subtlety of proper sarcasm, yet they still feel a need to add "/sarc" at the end of the comment as though any intelligent reader might take it seriously.
 
2018-03-08 11:31:59 AM  
I've been using e-mail since 1987. I've learned to read everything I receive (including texts) without emotion. Depending on the topic/situation/issue, I'll respond appropriately.
 
2018-03-08 11:32:07 AM  

cybrwzrd: Fark is not a place for snark or sarcasm. This is a serious news site for pithy discussion of current events. All posts are serious and anyone with wrong opinions are paid agents from eastern block countries.


I will have you know that I am not a paid agent from an eastern block country.

I am in fact a highly advanced bot.
 
2018-03-08 11:32:42 AM  

Dimensio: RobotSpider: Sarcasm is usually communicated through non-verbal cues. Inflection (tone of voice, not the message itself), body-language, etc.

A true master of sarcasm can convey sarcastic intent through wording alone. Look to Fark masters Mike_LowELL and Pocket Ninja for shining examples.

Amateurs of written sarcasm write over-the-top and excessively blunt statements that lack the subtlety of proper sarcasm, yet they still feel a need to add "/sarc" at the end of the comment as though any intelligent reader might take it seriously.


Thank you, Captain Obvious.
 
2018-03-08 11:32:43 AM  

steklo: Doesn't this fall into the category of "explaining a joke, makes it not funny?"


Sometimes, explaining the joke actually adds to the humor. See "The hammer is my penis." for an example.
 
2018-03-08 11:33:16 AM  
Sometimes the strategic use of capital letters can help, at least if the person on the other end might be expecting sarcasm.

"Boy, we sure did have a GREAT time at that party last night, HUH?"
 
2018-03-08 11:33:38 AM  
This episode aired last night.  It's not at all relevant.

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2018-03-08 11:34:09 AM  

cybrwzrd: Fark is not a place for snark or sarcasm. This is a serious news site for pithy discussion of current events. All posts are serious and anyone with wrong opinions are paid agents from eastern block countries.


Fascist.
 
2018-03-08 11:34:21 AM  

cybrwzrd: Fark is not a place for snark or sarcasm. This is a serious news site for pithy discussion of current events. All posts are serious and anyone with wrong opinions are paid agents from eastern block countries.


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Are we sarcastic yet?
 
2018-03-08 11:34:51 AM  
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2018-03-08 11:35:20 AM  

doubled99: Because tone of voice is the main feature when speaking sarcastically
Why isn't there a sarcasm font???


I'd suggest Comic Sans, but it's far too respected.
 
2018-03-08 11:36:25 AM  

Cdr.Murdock: cybrwzrd: Fark is not a place for snark or sarcasm. This is a serious news site for pithy discussion of current events. All posts are serious and anyone with wrong opinions are paid agents from eastern block countries.

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Are we sarcastic yet?


I was being quite serious. Surely you jest?
 
2018-03-08 11:36:43 AM  
It's because we really do need to add an irony mark to our punctuation toolbox.
 
2018-03-08 11:37:04 AM  
Sometimes I think my Amazon Echo is being sarcastic.

me: "Alexa. Have a nice day."
it: "Yeah, you too!" [smirk]
 
2018-03-08 11:37:11 AM  

Huck And Molly Ziegler: Sometimes the strategic use of capital letters can help, at least if the person on the other end might be expecting sarcasm.

"Boy, we sure did have a GREAT time at that party last night, HUH?"


Thank you, CAPTAIN OBVIOUS!!!!!
 
2018-03-08 11:38:28 AM  

cybrwzrd: Cdr.Murdock: cybrwzrd: Fark is not a place for snark or sarcasm. This is a serious news site for pithy discussion of current events. All posts are serious and anyone with wrong opinions are paid agents from eastern block countries.

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Are we sarcastic yet?

I was being quite serious. Surely you jest?


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2018-03-08 11:39:24 AM  
Because the point of sarcasm is to use words that convey one meaning while implying the opposite through other means. When all you have is words on a page, there are no other means, with the possible exception of exaggeration and hyperbole, and even those have their difficulties with detection.
 
2018-03-08 11:39:41 AM  
The literalists of the world respond only to pie-in-the-face humor. Likewise, the nuances of critical national and world issues escape them.
 
2018-03-08 11:39:55 AM  
You have to be over the top with sarcasm to get it to come across over teh interwebs. Just overload your sarcasm sequencers

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2018-03-08 11:42:11 AM  
I had a boss once who was very sarcastic. Of course when meeting him for the first time during my job interview, he threw a few curve balls my way. I answered honestly and he always responded with, "I was being sarcastic" So after a few more outlandish statements, I caught on, and added my own sarcastic remarks.

He advised, "don't patronize me.'

So I asked, "are you being sarcastic there?"

Needless to say I got the job, and on my first day, he took me to lunch.

When the check came, he slid it over to my side of the table.

"Here you can pay, you got a job now."

So I asked, "are you being sarcastic?"

He takes the check back and smiles. "You're going to fit in very well here."

So I asked, "are you being sarcastic?"
LOL
 
2018-03-08 11:42:44 AM  

jjorsett: Because the point of sarcasm is to use words that convey one meaning while implying the opposite through other means. When all you have is words on a page, there are no other means, with the possible exception of exaggeration and hyperbole, and even those have their difficulties with detection.


There are dozens of ways and means to project sarcasm using a keyboard.  See up-thread for examples.
 
2018-03-08 11:44:55 AM  
I never have trouble portraying sarcasm online.  I'd say rather than it being because the reader is stupid it's because the people attempting to use sarcasm suck at it.
 
2018-03-08 11:45:50 AM  

RobotSpider: Sarcasm is usually communicated through non-verbal cues. Inflection (tone of voice, not the message itself), body-language, etc.


Tone is nonverbal? fark off!
 
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