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Anxious gatekeeping

Analogous to nervous cluelessness is something we might call “anxious gatekeeping.”   This is desire to police the borders of poetry, or of...

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The opposite of irony?

What is the opposite of irony? For example, celebrity chefs on cooking reality shows fault contestants for not seasoning their food. In restaurants, food tends to be over-seasoned, too salty. This is not irony, but rather a kind of unexpected consistency. The cause of the too phenomena is the same: the belief that food tastes better when over salted. It is unexpected (hence at least semi ironical?) because it produces a kind of shock of recognition.

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