This semester, I’ve been teaching a class on postmodern theory and culture to my undergraduates, and so we spend a lot of time talking about irony and whether we ought to engage in it quite as much as we do. So it was with interest that I read Russ Ramsey’s piece on “the beautiful flaw in liking things ironically.”
I believe the phenomenon of liking things ironically is cynical, disingenuous, and self-protective. It comes across to me as more of a boast: “I laugh at the things that actually seem to stir the hearts of others, and I count it as to my credit that I am not so easily moved.”
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