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How to Live Without Irony

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/17/how-to-live-...

If irony is the ethos of our age — and it is — then the hipster is our archetype of ironic living.

The hipster haunts every city street and university town. Manifesting a nostalgia for times he never lived himself, this contemporary urban harlequin appropriates outmoded fashions (the mustache, the tiny shorts), mechanisms (fixed-gear bicycles, portable record players) and hobbies (home brewing, playing trombone). He harvests awkwardness and self-consciousness. Before he makes any choice, he has proceeded through several stages of self-scrutiny. The hipster is a scholar of social forms, a student of cool. He studies relentlessly, foraging for what has yet to be found by the mainstream. He is a walking citation; his clothes refer to much more than themselves. He tries to negotiate the age-old problem of individuality, not with concepts, but with material things.

He is an easy target for mockery. However, scoffing at the hipster is only a diluted form of his own affliction. He is merely a symptom and the most extreme manifestation of ironic living. For many Americans born in the 1980s and 1990s — members of Generation Y, or Millennials — particularly middle-class Caucasians, irony is the primary mode with which daily life is dealt. One need only dwell in public space, virtual or concrete, to see how pervasive this phenomenon has become. Advertising, politics, fashion, television: almost every category of contemporary reality exhibits this will to irony.

Take, for example, an ad that calls itself an ad, makes fun of its own format, and attempts to lure its target market to laugh at and with it. It pre-emptively acknowledges its own failure to accomplish anything meaningful. No attack can be set against it, as it has already conquered itself. The ironic frame functions as a shield against criticism. The same goes for ironic living. Irony is the most self-defensive mode, as it allows a person to dodge responsibility for his or her choices, aesthetic and otherwise. To live ironically is to hide in public. It is flagrantly indirect, a form of subterfuge, which means etymologically to “secretly flee” (subter + fuge). Somehow, directness has become unbearable to us.

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Ah but the hipster has

The interest in all things enough to explore something different or new more so than the complacent follower waiting to be told what is cool or new. So gotta give more cred to someone looking for something different than those that blindly follow. But hipsters do suck.

Although what's wrong with home brewing. Founding fathers home brewed, jerk.

Distinguishing Irony From Sarcasm

“It’s sarcasm, Josh.”

“Sarcasm?”

“It’s from the Greek, sarkasmos. To bite the lips. It means that you aren’t really saying what you mean, but people will get your point. I invented it, Bartholomew named it.”

“Well, if the village idiot named it, I’m sure it’s a good thing.”

“There you go, you got it.”

“Got what?”

“Sarcasm.”

“No, I meant it.”

“Sure you did.”

“Is that sarcasm?”

“Irony, I think.”

“What’s the difference?”

“I haven’t the slightest idea.”

“So you’re being ironic now, right?”

“No, I really don’t know.”

“Maybe you should ask the idiot.”

“Now you’ve got it.”

“What?”

“Sarcasm.”

― Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

When my clothes get wrinkled I simply tumble them for a while

in a very hot dryer.

I can live without irony. I don't even have an irony board.

But I can't live without Dryery.

I have too much irony in my diet already...

:)

9-11 was a panda job.

What's Wrong

with Home Brewing?

skippy

And record players

for that matter.

You have to have a record

You have to have a record player to play that original Star Wars 70s lp from.

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But do you need a *portable* one?

He's talking about a portable one. That you carry around with you like a lunchbox.

good

[An Advertisement] attempts to lure its target market to laugh at and with it. It pre-emptively acknowledges its own failure to accomplish anything meaningful. No attack can be set against it, as it has already conquered itself. The ironic frame functions as a shield against criticism.

Well written

and thought provoking, thanks for sharing it with us.

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Lol, i find this funny,,,hipsters...lol

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Yeah, it's hard to read a

Yeah, it's hard to read a serious article about...hipster. lol

ironic, no?

the article defeats itself from the start

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RON PAUL 2012