At one time, irony served to reveal hypocrisies, but now it simply acknowledges one’s cultural compliance and familiarity with pop trends. The art of irony has lost its vision and its edge. The rebellious posture of the past has been annexed by the very commercialism it sought to defy.
Did David Foster Wallace have it right? A piece over at Salon argues that Wallace may have predicted correctly when he claimed that rampant irony in our culture is undermining authentic artistic intention. Perhaps a rebellion is in order.