I’m trying to invent an irony detector to sell to suckers. It keeps setting itself off.
This post brought to you by the spirit of Steven Wright. He didn’t say it — but he certainly could have.
The thought came to because I’ve noticed, many times, that the “irony detection fail” is a strong defining feature of weaker minds, especially the shrill and self-righteous ones. You see this all the time in online debates and flame wars: a lot of people just don’t get irony. It’s like it’s a feature of consciousness and cognition that just isn’t available to you unless you’re in the happier half of the bell curve.
Excellent example: the chiropractor who legally threatened me because I had written somewhat that I am cautious about criticizing chiropractic because chiropractors have a well-established track record of being litigious. The irony was so intense you couldn’t actually look at it safely without a welder’s mask … but he was oblivious.