Chrystia Freeland (Prairies & St Antony's 1991) discusses the implications of her move from journalism to politics

Every age has its fight between the cynics and the true believers, the pessimists and the optimists, the naysayers and the cheerleaders. In its latest incarnation, thanks to a witty Gawker post on the virtues of the no-bullshit approach of calling things as you see them, we begin the year with a war between “snark” and “smarm”—and the deck would seem to be pretty heavily stacked in favor of the snarkers.

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