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"20 years ago, if you saw something on TV that offended you and you wanted to let someone know, you would’ve had to get a pen and paper and write, 'Dear BBC, I’m bothered.'"

"But you didn’t do it because it was too much trouble. Now with Twitter, you can just go, 'Fuck you!' to a comedian who’s offended you. Then a journalist will see that and say, 'So-and-so said a thing and people are furious.' No. The rest of us don’t give a fuck and wouldn’t have heard about it if it hadn’t been made a headline. Everything is exaggerated. But everything’s also an illusion. No one would talk to you in the street like they do on Twitter. They’d never come up and say, 'Your article...
Tags: Twitter, Law, Etiquette, Bbc, Conversation, Ricky Gervais, Irony, Nuance, Normal, Ann Althouse, Insults, Dirty Words

The Most Unconventional Berlin Bucket List

illustrations: Berk Karaoglu.  We decided to rethink the concept of a conventional bucket list and came up with scenarios that shamelessly embrace Berlin’s potential as the backdrop of some memorable experiences. And ‘’memorable’’ is actually somewhat of an understatement here – some of these shenanigans are simply unforgettable, even if some parties involved may indeed wish otherwise. While we are by no means condoning every single one of these actions, let alone encourage anyone to draw any...
Tags: Fashion, Hollywood, Sex, Adventure, Germany, Angela Merkel, Berlin, Darkroom, Humor, Stories, Alex, Irony, Bucket List, Botanical Garden, Mustafa, Berghain

Does anybody get anything anymore? And when are you sure the other person is unironic?

I was just putting my bookmarks in order and clicked on the abbreviation "JP" to see what it was. I found myself at the r/JordanPeterson subreddit and this caught my eye: Facepalm over 10k upvotes of people who think this comic is racist (check their comments) This was just posted unironically in r/funny by the artist from r/forwardsfromgrandma I enjoyed discovering the subreddit, r/forwardsfromgrandma, which describes itself like this:Who says email is dea...
Tags: Facebook, Comics, Law, Reddit, Stupid, Irony, Don, Ann Althouse, Facepalm, Jordan Peterson

Chinese slackers embrace "fat otaku happiness"

Feizhai kuaile ("fat otaku happiness") is a semi-ironic term used by young Chinese people on social media to celebrate slacking off with sedentary activities and high-calorie snacks, which are given ironic nicknames (pizza is "fat happy pancake" and Coke is "fat happy water"). "Fat happy" living is a rejection of society's high expectations of academic and professional success attained through constant work, and the embrace of "pure and instant happiness" (not to be confused with "decadenc...
Tags: Post, News, Web Theory, Irony, Coke, Weibo, Liang Chenyu, Chinese Millenials, Fat Happy Otaku, Feizhai kuaile, Coca Cola More

Earth Day Caption Contest

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Tags: Image, News, Apocalypse, Irony, Garbage

"To the extent that there is a generational divide, it may have to do with the fact that many older women are still wary about the internet, which leads them to not only miss the context of a longstanding feminist internet tradition of ironic misandry..."

"... but also to overlook the more nuanced chatter happening among younger women on social media and digital sites.... And yet most of the disagreement has to do with age-old ideas about sex, power and the function of social movements...Writes Nona Willis Aronowitz in "The Feminist Pursuit of Good Sex" (NYT). Aronowitz is the daughter of Ellen Willis, "who in a 1981 essay in The Village Voice asked a question that now looms over #MeToo 40 years later: 'Is the Women’s Movement Pro-Sex?'"Aronowitz...
Tags: Law, Sex, Wikipedia, Feminism, Language, New York Times, Village Voice, Pornography, Sin, Irony, Nuance, The Web, 1970s, Willis, Edmund Burke, Nona Willis Aronowitz

"The mostly male, mostly white, mostly straight world of technology and digital-culture journalism is in the midst of a cultural realignment about how it views the sort of 'ironic' political incorrectness..."

"... (and outright Nazism) prevalent in online spaces like 4chan and its orbit. What was once permissible among hacktivists and their observers and hangers-on — hobnobbing with white supremacists, even if you disagreed — no longer is in an America where white supremacists are particularly emboldened, and when that movement has literally been stoked on 4chan. A decade ago, it was much easier to shrug off explicit invocations of Nazism and white supremacy online. For a certain type of reporter han...
Tags: Law, Nazis, 4chan, America, Nyt, Times, Irony, New York Magazine, Ann Althouse, Quinn Norton, Brian Feldman, Era of That's Not Funny

"A sad day indeed! This whole sexual harassment thing is devolving into McCarthyism I fear."

"Does sexual harassment exist? Of course it does - we've seen a number of perpetrators fall. In my 84 year old opinion I don't think Senator Franken is guilty of harassment, and I suspect the female senators who have asked for his resignation are guilty of grandstanding for political reasons. Sad day!"That's (the first part of) the top-rated comment — with 1963 votes — on the NYT article "Al Franken Announces He Will Resign from Senate Amid Harassment Allegations." (The second part is a demand t...
Tags: Law, Senate, Bloomberg, Donald Trump, Irony, Mccarthy, Al Franken, U S Senate, Oval Office, Weinstein, Joe McCarthy, Ana Marie Cox, Franken, Ann Althouse, Stephen L. Carter, Kirsten E. Gillibrand

"Wife says: WTF--next abusive men will decorate their cocks and call it 'innocent Christmas fun' as they expose themselves to women..."

"... and what the heck has it got to do with the celebration of Christ's birth people---Is everyone on this planet NUTS??? I have never commented before, but this really riled me...along with everyone using the word Bitch and thinking it's perfectly folks, it derogatory toward women--get a grip!!!!"An apt comment at a Buzzfeed article titled (I'm not kidding), "18 Christmas Boobs That Are The Actual Reason For The Season/Deck the boobs with boughs of holly."How does stuff like this persi...
Tags: Wtf, Law, Buzzfeed, Christmas, Feminism, Digital Media, Breasts, Jonah Peretti, Christ, Irony, White, Strunk, Ann Althouse, Delaney Strunk

"There is a natural order of things... a woman's arm is constructed at a certain angle so that she can adequately cradle a baby."

"This is the way we're created. There are just certain things that nature intended.... I know that might not be a popular view around here, but there is a created order that we must all follow."Said the Virginia state legislator Robert G. Marshall, back in 2006. He called himself Virginia's "chief homophobe."And — perhaps because the natural order of things is that pride goeth before a fall and the first shall be last — he lost his bid for reelection to Danica Roem, a transgender woman. “Discrim...
Tags: Law, Virginia, Transgender, Pride, Irony, Said, Ann Althouse, Religion And Politics, Danica Roem, Roem, Robert G Marshall

"Mr. Trump and his inner circle have benefited enormously from this coalescing around the word 'collusion'..."

"... a term with a legalistic feel but with close to 'no legal meaning whatsoever' said Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor and now a defense lawyer who has written a dissection of every public statement that a Trump associate has made to congressional investigators. If we care about the law — and about holding public figures accountable for their false denials — the impassioned disavowals of collusion by members of the Trump circle mean nothing. Donald Trump Jr.’s utterances to Congres...
Tags: Law, Obama, Congress, White House, Barack Obama, Kremlin, Hillary, Irony, Trump, Donald Trump Jr, Sean Spicer, Ryan Goodman, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles, Renato Mariotti, Mariotti

Dubai's Newly Opened The Hunger Games Theme Park Does Not Get the Irony

The Motiongate Dubai theme park, the largest Hollywood-themed park in the world, has recently opened up “The World of the Hunger Games,” a lavish section of the park devoted to the dystopian world of Panem in all its garish, high-fashion glory. Because when I hear dystopian horror, I think theme park. Read more...
Tags: Hollywood, Science, The Hunger Games, Dubai, Theme Parks, Irony, Dystopias, Panem, Motiongate Dubai, Motiongate Dubtai

If you were relying on the "hipster racism" fad 10 years ago...

... prepare to get raked over the coals of social media now."Actor David Cross’ excuse for ‘racist’ joke to Asian American actress raises eyebrows" (Twitchy):“Arrested Development” actor-comedian David Cross recently found himself in hot ham water after Asian American actress Charlyne Yi shared an uncomfortable memory with her Twitter followers:Charlyne Yi ✔ @charlyne_yiI think about the first time I met David Cross ten years ago & he made fun of my pants (that were tattered because I was poor)...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, Sarcasm, Irony, Racists, David Cross, Shreveport, Ann Althouse, Charlyne Yi, Twitchy, Van Kerckhove

You can't fight in here. This is the Empathy Tent!

At Berkeley, fights break out in the "empathy tent." "The empathy tent was reportedly in place to offer protesters a calm place to unwind amid the choas around them," the NY Post reports. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Empathy, Berkeley, Irony, Ny Post, Ann Althouse, Dr. Strangelove

Remembering the Three Days of Summer 2017

We do not want to seem all passive aggressive here, but as in 2016, summer 2017 is not really committing. Instead of exclusively staying with us, it feels more like we’re in some kinda on and of relationship. So, eventually we end up wearing the wrong clothes every day because Miss Summer decides to show up when we just got used to these 15 degrees again, running around in a turtle neck. We could moan about our depressing relationship, but, let’s rather cherish the time we already had, these lov...
Tags: Photos, Fashion, Instagram, Summer, Irony, Berlinstagram, Steffimarla, Schlachtensee Don, Berlingraphie

"I wish McCain well, but I hope he sees the irony..."

"... of his delaying a vote on a bill to deprive millions of his fellow citizens of health care and downgrade the care of millions more while his own surgery and recovery are fully covered by his gold plated US Senate health insurance, courtesy of US taxpayers."The second-highest-rated comment on "McCain’s Surgery May Be More Serious Than Thought, Experts Say" (NYT). Nothing like brain surgery to tune up your sense of irony.Brain Surgery Irony... sounds like an album title from 1973.Oh! I'm thin...
Tags: Music, Law, US, Brain, Surgery, US Senate, Irony, McCain, Ann Althouse

Canadian man killed by the whale he saved.

"They got the whale totally disentangled and then some kind of freak thing happened and the whale made a big flip.... This is something he loved and there's no better feeling than getting a whale untangled, and I know how good he was feeling after cutting that whale clear."That's one for the (grossly overinflated) annals of Died Doing What He Loved. I say grossly overinflated for reasons you can easily see at that last link, which goes to a Google News search for that phrase. It includes, to giv...
Tags: Death, Law, Empathy, Jesus, Whales, Masturbation, Google News, Irony, Pompeii, Ann Althouse, Google grab

Yes, don't let anyone tell you CNN is incapable of an awesome achievement.

He's not 15 years old + how did someone who posts anti-semitic, racist & anti-gay content become a victim for ppl to rally around? 1/2— Kirsten Powers (@KirstenPowers) July 6, 2017 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Cnn, Threats, Irony, KIRSTEN POWERS, Ann Althouse

Kim Jong Un romper suit for dudes

Keep the excesses of one of the world's cruelest, most corrupt nations top-of-mind with this $80 Kim Jong Un men's romper suit, which is, conveniently machine wash/wrinkle free. via Crazy Abalone)
Tags: Post, Fashion, News, North Korea, Korea, Irony, Nightmare Fuel, Kim Jong, Personality Cults

"I learned about post-tourism, which is just research jargon for traveling hipsters: believing there’s no authenticity left in the world, they enjoy tourist attractions ironically."

From "Thomas Cook and the Stack Pirates/Boredom and an enterprising Brit gave birth to the modern tourism industry, and we’re still trying to make sense of it all" by Mary Mann (via Metafilter). I'd never seen the term "post-tourism" before, and there's lots more in the article than that idea, including the process of doing research in a library...Modern tourism started in England, which makes sense — a colonizing country is probably a restless country — but by the mid twentieth century people f...
Tags: Travel, Psychology, Post, Books, England, Law, Berlin Wall, Freedom, Brit, Thomas Cook, Boredom, Irony, Normal, Hipsters, Ann Althouse, Stack Pirates Boredom

"A man who beat his murder case when prosecutors failed to give him a speedy trial was killed minutes after leaving Cook County Jail on Monday night..."

The Chicago Tribune reports:Cook County prosecutors dropped the murder charges at the end of January after allowing too much time to elapse under the state’s speedy trial statute, according to court records and Belmont’s attorney.  The robbery charges remained and [Kamari Belmont, 23] was ordered held on a $100,000 bond.At 5:30 p.m. Monday, a friend of Belmont posted the required $10,000 on the bond and Belmont was released at 11:12 p.m., according to jail officials.Belmont was a few block from ...
Tags: Murder, Law, Time, Irony, Belmont, Chicago Tribune, Cook County, Cook County Jail, California Avenue, Ann Althouse, Kamari Belmont

Irreconcilable Differences: eHarmony and Elevated Careers File for Divorce.

It sounded, on the surface, like a can’t miss premise. eHarmony, one of the world’s largest online dating sites, would leverage its extensive data set, proprietary algorithm and established track record of finding fit to match candidates with jobs. The product, which would ultimately go-to-market under the moniker “Elevated Careers” (likely due to the dearth […]
Tags: Tools, Technology, News, Irony, Branding, Industry News, Press Release, Eharmony, Blog Posts, Hr Technology, Job Seeker, Sourcing, Matt Charney, Recruiting Software, Elevated Careers, Neil Clarke Warren

Pipeline Dumps 176,000 Gallons of Crude Oil Into a North Dakota Creek Not Far From Standing Rock

A North Dakota pipeline carrying crude oil dumped 176,000 gallons of it into a creek, in an accident whose cause is currently unknown. The spill was about 150 miles from Cannon Ball, where water protectors have been telling people for months that oil pipelines are dangerous and destructive. Let’s all work very hard not to see any irony here! Read more...
Tags: News, Environment, Oil, North Dakota, Environmentalism, Crude Oil, Irony, Cannon Ball

"Puns are threatening because puns reveal the arbitrariness of meaning, and the layers of nuance that can be packed onto a single word."

"So people who dislike puns tend to be people who seek a level of control that doesn’t exist. If you have an approach to the world that is rules-based, driven by hierarchy and threatened by irreverence, then you’re not going to like puns."Writes John Pollack — author of "The Pun Also Rises" — quoted in "Why Do Puns Make People Groan?/The once-exalted form of wordplay takes a lot of heat these days."“I think another question to ask that’s just as relevant is why is sarcasm considered cool by the ...
Tags: Psychology, Comedy, Law, Irony, Puns, Ann Althouse, Coolness

What's in Mike Pence's Emails That He's Fighting So Very Hard to Hide? 

Vice President-elect and the sternest mannequin in a homophobic bargain basement Mike Pence is fighting to keep the contents of his email private. The Indianapolis Star reports that Pence doesn’t want to reveal the contents of an email sent to him by a political ally. It’s almost funny, right? Read more...
Tags: News, Lol, Irony, Mike Pence, Pence, The Indianapolis Star

The New York Times's GOP voter-suppression retrogame: "The Voter Suppression Trail"

Throughout the election cycle, The GOP Arcade has been releasing satirical 8-bit games about the GOP and right-wing politics in America; the New York Times commissioned a special one, based on the classic Oregon Trail, in which you play one of three voters attempting to cast a vote in either Texas (where you are a Latina nurse); Wisconsin (where you are a black salesman) or California (where you are a white programmer). (more…)
Tags: Post, Games, Politics, Elections, Texas, News, California, Race, America, Gop, Usausausa, New York Times, Wisconsin, Nyt, Irony, Uspoli

Comedy writer has exactly the right response to his kid's Fahrenheit 451 permission slip

Daily Show writer Daniel Radosh's son came home from school with a permission slip that he'd have to sign before the kid could read Ray Bradbury's novel Fahrenheit 451, which is widely believed to be an anti-censorship book (Bradbury himself insisted that this was wrong, and that the book was actually about the evils of television). (more…)
Tags: Post, Books, Happy Mutants, Science Fiction, Kids, News, Education, Parenting, Funny, Ray Bradbury, Irony, Bradbury, Banned Books, Daniel Radosh

"It seems to me if you can speak, you're at a liability in the Democratic Party anymore. It seems to me you've all become heartless technocrats."

"It seems to me that you forget that... we have never as a party moved this nation by 14-point position papers and 9-point programs. It seems that when we got involved in the civil rights movement... nobody asked Martin Luther King what his legislative agenda was. He marched to change attitudes. When the women's movement started, it had not moved with a constitutional amendment. They marched to change attitudes. And this party better understand full well that it's about time that we change our a...
Tags: Law, Obama, Barack Obama, Reagan, Joe Biden, Ronald Reagan, Mlk, Biden, Rhetoric, Martin Luther King, Irony, Trump, Democratic Party, Ann Althouse, Emotional Politics, Obama the Candidate

It was Hillary Clinton who — a year ago — challenged Jimmy Fallon to touch Donald Trump's hair.

I've been seeing criticism of Jimmy Fallon for being too nice to Donald Trump when he was on the show last week. A lot of people assume that all the interviewers — even the sweet comic entertainer Jimmy Fallon — should do whatever they can to obstruct Donald Trump's path to the presidency. But Fallon played his usual host role and treated Trump like a normal guest, involving him in a number of comic bits, culminating with a request to touch Trump's hair. Trump agreed, Fallon got his hands in the...
Tags: Comedy, Nbc, Jimmy Fallon, Law, Hillary Clinton, United States, Matt Lauer, Donald Trump, Irony, Hairstyles, Trump, Donald, Fallon, Wigs, Gothamist, Jimmy

"Get hard! Whatever you do, make it sound scientific. Get out from under the stigma of studying a 'social science'!"

"By now 'social' meant soft in the brainpan. Sociologists, for example, were to observe and record hour-by-hour conversations, meetings, correspondence, objective manifestations of status concerns, and make the information really hard by converting it into algorithms full of calculus symbols that gave it the look of mathematical certainty— and they failed totally. Only Chomsky, in linguistics, managed to pull it off and turn all— or almost all— the pillow heads in the field rock-hard. Even befor...
Tags: Books, Comedy, Law, Yale, Language, University Of Chicago, Donald Trump, Irony, Trump, Chomsky, Tom Wolfe, Ann Althouse