In one of the seminal film experiences of my generation, the serious historical document called ‘Reality Bites,’ main character Leilani is unable to provide a definition of irony, even though she fancies herself a well-spoken writer-type.  (For the record, it’s “a form of utterance that postulates a double audience, consisting of one party that hearing shall hear and shall not understand and another party that, when more is meant than meets the ear, is aware both of that more and of the outsiders’ incomprehension.”  You’re welcome.)  Still, it’s occasionally difficult to actually figure out the what and when and wherefore of it all, especially when our favorite movies and stories don’t always know exactly what irony is either, leading us to today’s probably-ill-advised query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) blames the whole thing on Alanis Morissette, asking: What’s your favorite example (correct or not) or irony in your favorite pop culture?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

1 Comment

  1. Well, inspired by your thumbnail, I have to consider that Tony Stark himself is a pretty interesting example. He goes by the name Iron Man, but inside the suit is a man who is especially vulnerable both physically and psychologically.

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