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- DescriptionThis work is a brilliant and timely reflection on irony in contemporary American culture. The events of 9/11 had many pundits on the left and right scrambling to declare an end to the Age of Irony. But six years on, we're as ironic as ever. From The Simpsons and Borat to the Daily Show and Colbert Report , the ironic worldview measures out a certain cosmopolitan distance, keeping hypocrisy and threats to personal integrity at bay. Chic Ironic Bitterness is a defense of this detachment, an attitude that helps us preserve values such as authenticity, sincerity, and seriousness that might otherwise be lost in a world filled with spin, marketing, and jargon. And it is an effective counterweight to the prevailing conservative view that irony is the first step towards cynicism and the breakdown of Western culture.
- Author BiographyR. Jay Magill, Jr. is a writer and illustrator whose work has appeared in American Prospect, The American Interest, The Atlantic Monthly, Foreign Policy, and Print, among other periodicals and books. A former Harvard Teaching Fellow and Executive Editor of Double-Take, he holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Hamburg in Germany. This is his first book.
- Author(s)R. Jay Magill
- PublisherThe University of Michigan Press
- Date of Publication15/11/2007
- SubjectPopular Culture & Media: General Interest
- Place of PublicationAnn Arbor
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University of Michigan Press
- Content Note21 illustrations
- Weight585 g
- Width159 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine25 mm
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