Is irony ruining our culture? Or is it TV? Or rhetorical questions?

Expanding our conversations of potential limits for satire…

Here’s the light version from Salon.com (for those of you in a hurry):

David Foster Wallace was right: Irony is ruining our culture

Here’s the heavy version from A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again:

E unibus pluram: television and U.S. fiction by David Foster Wallace

And for those who want more DFW:

Here’s a bunch of DFW essays that Harper’s has made available in memorium. Scroll down to the January 1996 “Shipping Out” link for his famous cruise ship essay…but really, you can’t go wrong with any of them.

Enjoy.

 

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2 responses to “Is irony ruining our culture? Or is it TV? Or rhetorical questions?

  1. Sam Dembling

    Hey Mr. Klein,

    I read E unibus pluram a couple of years ago after you showed my class This is Water. For anyone who enjoyed that short piece or E unibus pluram, I would highly recommend A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, the collection of essays from which the latter piece is taken.

  2. mrklein

    Reblogged this on Mr. Klein's Online Classroom and commented:

    Something I posted last year while you’re ironing out the details of your synthesis essay.

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