Ohmygosh, Smartass May Be in Trouble

Nah, it’s here to stay even if the intelligentsia has been concerned that snark is ruining the intellectual integrity of our culture:

David Foster Wallace was right: Irony is ruining our culture

David Foster Wallace long ago warned about the cultural snark that now defines popular culture. It’s time to listen

Matt Ashby and Brendan Carroll

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Percy Shelley famously wrote that “poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.” For Shelley, great art had the potential to make a new world through the depth of its vision and the properties of its creation. Today, Shelley would be laughed out of the room. Lazy cynicism has replaced thoughtful conviction as the mark of an educated worldview. Indeed, cynicism saturates popular culture, and it has afflicted contemporary art by way of postmodernism and irony. Perhaps no recent figure dealt with this problem more explicitly than David Foster Wallace. One of his central artistic projects remains a vital question for artists today: How does art progress from irony and cynicism to something sincere and redeeming?

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(emphasis mine)

An excellent question, and I would attempt to answer it, but it’s not really appropriate for this blog. But I will say this. When man frames an argument, it almost always seems limited.

And I started to title this “Introspection is a Bitch,” but I couldn’t work an ‘O’ into it. I guess I could have said “Introspection is One Heck of a Bitch,” or “Ohmygosh, Introspection is a Bitch.” Wait. That actually sounds good. Oh well, it’s done now. I guess I just didn’t have enough conviction to nail it.

Yes, I put the Richard Armitage tag on this. If you’re wondering why, it’s because I’m imagining him with a do-rag on his head, which means he might look something like this.

No, that’s not Richard Armitage. It’s an actor in musical theater named Michael Gruber, who was also in Cats.

More WonderCon tomorrow. The file Heather sent me really was ginormous.

2 Comments

  1. And yet, for a long time I pondered over that photo with a friend wondering it were RA or not. Another mystery solved. ( we concluded “no” after a time. Shoot me, but I like a little snark now and then.

  2. I think that was a common misconception :-) They certainly did look alike in that photo.


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