November 14, 2011
‘Ironic’ as what was wrong with the ‘90s
And now a personal indulgence (as if most of what appears on this blog is something else): The 1990s represent my formative years, elementary school through high school. And I remember a lot of great music from those years—at least, I thought it was great.
But Alanis Morrissette was never on that list. And being even mildly skilled with words and literary techniques, I, like so many others, was always annoyed by the lack of irony in Morrissette’s breakthrough song. Moreover, I blamed “Ironic” for increasing the incidence of people saying, “That’s ironic,” when really they meant, “What a coincidence.”
This morning, Ben Westhoff of LA Weekly wrote a great line-by-line takedown of the lack of irony in “Ironic.”
Westhoff’s approach actually reminds me a bit of legal textual interpretation. Anyway, here’s an example:
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