“For many…irony is the primary mode with which daily life is dealt.
How did this happen? It stems in part from the belief that this generation has little to offer in terms of culture, that everything has already been done, or that serious commitment to any belief will eventually be subsumed by an opposing belief, rendering the first laughable at best and contemptible at worst.
This kind of defensive living works as a pre-emptive surrender and takes the form of reaction rather than action.”
As an article, it does set up some straw men, and does tar a lot of people with the same brush, but the relegation of the serious and the mocking of genuine enthusiasm makes me very, very sad.