Throughout history, irony has served useful purposes, like providing a rhetorical outlet for unspoken societal tensions. But our contemporary ironic mode is somehow deeper; it has leaked from the realm of rhetoric into life itself. This ironic ethos can lead to a vacuity and vapidity of the individual and collective psyche.
~ Christy Wampole, from How to Live Without Irony
I’m not concerned with — or perhaps, “I’m not interested in spending time on” — the stylistic ironies which are common today. I see no point in assaulting things like “hipster” fashion, when every generation criticizes the fashion of the next. I seriously say: Sure, fine, whatever.
However, it does seem that there is a lot of “shallow” out there; Shallow thinking in particular. That scares the crap out of me.