I first noticed this problem among old
er members of my family, particularly my grandparents
. A witty
comment by myself or my sister would draw only blank stares
. Television commercials
in which grinning Americans
tried to sell us things like The Clapper
motivated not even the slightest attempt at disgust
. Bill Gates
getting a pie in the face was seen as reprehensible
rather than heroic
I am worried about the effects that this disorder has on the political landscape.
Of course, one could argue that irony is simply the armour that our generation uses to cope with an increasingly fucked up world, and that we are the ones with the disorder. But then I would have nothing to take refuge in.