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The End of Irony?

An article in the Huffington Post declares:

Obama’s Election Marks The End Of Irony

It points to an article in the NY Times:

Irony Is Dead. Again. Yeah, Right.

Famed ironist Joan Didion laments that the US in the era of Obama has become an “irony-free zone” where hope “is now in”. But I am reassured by P.J. O’Rourke, who is finishing a piece for The Weekly Standard with the working title “Is It Too Soon to Start Talking About the Failed Obama Presidency Just Because He Isn’t President Yet?”

I find the whole discussion ironic (seriously!). As novelist Colson Whitehead wrote:

Something bad happens, like 9/11, it’s the death of irony. Something good happens, like Obama’s win, it’s the death of irony. When will someone proclaim the death of iceberg lettuce? I’m sick of it making my salads boring.