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You Might Be Using This Word All Wrong

Posted 02.21.2014 | Books

Poor, beleaguered Alanis Morissette has long borne the brunt of our society’s pedantry about the word ironic. Sure, her song “Ironic” notoriousl...

You Call That A Hipster? These Are Some @#$%ing Hipsters.

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 02.07.2014 | Comedy

"Hipster" is one of those words that is used so frequently in everyday vernacular, it's practically become meaningless. Every art school kid, aspiring...

THIS Is The Kind Of Death I'm Hoping For

Roz Warren | Posted 02.14.2014 | Fifty
Roz Warren

Actor Paul Walker, the star of 'Fast & Furious,' a movie series about fiery car crashes, just died in a fiery car crash. Death, always, sucks. But an ironic death? Even worse. I hope to die doing something totally unremarkable. Dusting the bookshelves. Walking the dog. Soaking in the tub.

Jason Linkins

Someone Had The Crazy Idea That They Could 'Promote Through Politico' | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

One of Politico's best, Byron Tau, tweeted a complaint this morning. And he is right to do so! Because whoever sent the missive he obtained, in which ...

Why Do Moustaches Go With Irony?

Marta Ibarrondo | Posted 01.19.2014 | Comedy
Marta Ibarrondo


Jason Linkins

Obamacare Obstructionists Are Ironically Doing A Great Job Raising Awareness Of Obamacare | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics

This week, former President Bill Clinton re-accepted his role as the U.S. Secretary for Explaining Stuff and headed down to Little Rock, Ark., to spre...

Yale Daily News 'Writes' Headline With Unintentional 'Irony' About 'Bob Woodward'

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 08.30.2013 | College

The Yale Daily News, the oldest daily student newspaper in the United States, may want to update some of its editing-style rules. The YDN broke the...

Alanis' 'Ironic' Is FINALLY Ironic

Posted 07.11.2013 | Comedy

It's been a long-standing complaint that Alanis Morissette's most famous song, "Ironic," has lyrics that aren't really ironic. Sure, people complain, ...

Vote Or Joke? City Council Move Baffles

AP | Posted 07.23.2013 | Detroit

YPSILANTI, Mich. — Three members of a Michigan city council have abstained from voting on a measure that would have prevented them from abstaini...

17 Funniest Lines from Monty Python Star Eric Idle's Commencement Speech

Gillian Frew | Posted 07.21.2013 | College
Gillian Frew

Now, thanks to his hilarious performance at Whitman College last weekend, the British comedian can add coveted commencement speaker and honorary doctor of fine arts to that list.

Why Don't You See Greek Coffee Cups Anymore?

Marta Ibarrondo | Posted 06.26.2013 | New York
Marta Ibarrondo

The truth, the awful truth, and nothing but the truth. ...

What Would Mel Brooks Do?

Phil Campbell | Posted 05.25.2013 | Arts
Phil Campbell

Here's a piece of art. Will you smash it? Of course you won't. But what if I told you that the art had Hitler's head on it? And what if I told you the artist who made the art was recently exposed as a Nazi sympathizer?

Karen Carpenter in the Age of Irony

Justin Sayre | Posted 05.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Justin Sayre

Karen Carpenter died 30 years ago last month, and yet there is a whole host of young people who adore her music and still fall in love with that voice. She speaks to them in a way that so much of the world around them doesn't: She is totally unironic.

You Can Be Constipated on LinkedIn but Not Happy

Adam Pervez | Posted 04.29.2013 | Business
Adam Pervez

I started wondering what other skills I could find listed on LinkedIn if something as basic and universal as happiness wasn't available.

Jason Linkins

I Liked This Richard Cohen Column A Lot Better When It Was A 'Seinfeld' Episode | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics

"What's the deal with intimacy?" is the short version of the premise of today's piece from celebrated Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, who say...

When a Good Artist Turns Nazi Sympathizer

Phil Campbell | Posted 05.13.2013 | Arts
Phil Campbell

The idea driving this kind of art, was that Krafft was a provocateur taking on some of the most difficult themes in art with a sly, shifting lens of irony, scorn, and humor. No one ever considered the possibility that Krafft's more controversial works of art were in any way, well, sincere.

Finding Hope in the Next Generation

Karin Kasdin | Posted 02.06.2013 | Fifty
Karin Kasdin

It was my contemporaries for whom the moniker "The Me Generation" was coined. Yes, there were hippies whose activism ended the Vietnam War, but there were also hippies who did nothing but smoke weed in their basements while listening to Joplin. Beware of sweeping generalizations.

Jane Austen Weekly: The Truth About Irony

Susan Celia Greenfield | Posted 02.06.2013 | Books
Susan Celia Greenfield

These days, I'm having a lot of trouble with irony. Sometimes I'm even afraid of the concept. Imagine that -- a literature professor afraid of irony. Isn't that ironic? Why am I afraid?

Reacting to a World Veiled in Irony

Emma Orlow | Posted 01.28.2013 | Teen
Emma Orlow

Everything I do, I do because I really want to, not because it is an act of irony. Am I alone in thinking like this? I am some breed of Frankenteen?

Jason Linkins

There Is Now A White House Petition To Stop All The White House Petitions | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just days ago, the White House "We The People" online petition tool became the venue of sour grape-chewing secession enthusiasts, who to...

Jason Linkins

Political Reporters, Pundits Unmoored By The Uncertain Election They Wanted Yielding So Much Uncertainty, According To Politico | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.31.2012 | Media

WASHINGTON -- Politico has figured it all out. There is an election happening, and it could result in one guy being elected president, unless it doesn...

Music Video Premiere Exclusive: "Life Is Excellent" by Bobby Joe Ebola & The Children MacNuggits

Melissa Webster | Posted 10.15.2012 | Entertainment
Melissa Webster

Hailing from the California Bay Area, the two frontmen, Corbett Redford, vocals, and Dan Abbott, guitar and vocals, are living proof music can be fun, entertaining and serious as hell, wrapped in a package where the audience has no choice but to dance.

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Karl Rove Would Like You To Believe That He Is Against Fearmongering Now | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics

Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS super PAC is out with a new ad today, decrying the Obama campaign for "going negative," which for our purposes basically me...

Poor, Lesbian, Minority, Undocumented Hipster Votes Republican, Becomes Irony Champion Of The World

El Guapo | Posted 08.04.2012 | Comedy
El Guapo

During her acceptance speech, Eufemia pushed her lensless 3D glasses up her nose with her index finger and read from the notes that she kept in her Hello Kitty Trapper Keeper.

EVIL TEENS: Irony, Prison Make-Up and Other Horrifying Truths about Teenage Life in America

Malina Saval | Posted 07.30.2012 | Parents
Malina Saval

In a classroom, a group of eighth graders dressed in skinny jeans, shrunken cardigans and obscure indie rock band tees gather together. Their teacher flips open her laptop to take notes.