Irony, according to the experts

13 11 2007

Of all the many things that characterize our generation — AIM, iPods, general sloth and malaise, boy bands — irony seems to be the common strand. Our lives have a second audience, which just so happen to be ourselves. The joke’s always on somebody, and it’s rarely actually funny. But where does coincidence end and irony begin? Is sarcasm true irony?

This story by The Guardian does a killer job of picking apart the often-misused term, tracing the lineage of the word and dissecting its current position in culture. If you want to spend a good 15 minutes not doing work, it’s worth a read.

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