Irony. Essay#2

After the forever infamous, traumatic, and transforming events that America underwent on the morning of September 11th, 2001, many commentators, critics, and writers were ironic enough to turn attention and celebrate the death of irony[1] instead of mourning the death of thousands. How ironic. However, irony lacks a lifespan or expiration date consequently, it will be around forever. Irony is immortal; it does not die but it transforms and changes throughout time in the same way everything else does. In previous centuries it had been a literary term, then came the nineties when it became a life style of not giving a shit about anything. A type of lifestyle where nothing really mattered but one-self and where the most important part of life was having no interest in it. This all changed after 9/11 when citizens, media, and government officials took the matter seriously, opposite of the philosophy of the nineties. Although during the gray days following the attacks it appeared that there was enough evidence to conclude that irony had finally died after experiencing many moribund states throughout history, I would say it was more alive than ever.

At the same second in which the first plane hit the World Trade Center, America’s attitude towards life changed dramatically- Sarcasm was almost illegal, and irony was buried in the debris of the souls of New Yorkers. There were no jokes surrounding the crashes neither were there Sunday cartoons mimicking the events in a sarcastic fashion.  There was no humor to be rescued out of the ruins; there was no late-night anchor who would laugh about the incident. Irony, as we knew it, disappeared. Irony was alive, in the same way America was though. It could breath and it was around, but nobody paid attention to it or alluded to its previous everyday use. New York smelled like rioting verbal irony, no one could detect the yet unknown smell of situational irony.

If we were to analyze the whole situation, we would find out everything that occurred that day was nothing but ironic. Every single event, in which you could break the whole attack in, is part of a backbone composed of ironic circumstances[2], facts, and theories; sometimes all three at the same time. The date itself is a well-crafted irony, which is a number that alludes to emergency and tragedy. The allegation that Bush senior was having breakfast with Bin Laden’s brother on the Ritz Carlton hotel during the morning of the attacks, the accounts by 9/11 survivors claiming to have heard explosions before the crash, the illogical pancake theory on how the towers collapsed, and many other popular beliefs surrounding the tragic events, are somewhere in between the line of irony and coincidence, where trust in victims and witnesses are essential in the proof of veracity in any of the previous events.

Irony, the master of disguise, deception and confusion, tricked us once again by injecting in the people the idea that it had finally deceased. There were many hints and evidence to rightfully claim and commemorate, ironically, the death of irony. People, papers, politicians, celebrities, and T.V. shows stopped their sarcastic ways and personalities and became more realistic and conscious. Conversation, culture, and everyday comments excluded the ironic spice, and everything became, apparently, less ironic. Eyes were not open due to the dust the whole situation caused, it was just a matter of wiping them clean and opening them in order to see that irony was still there, more alive than ever in every day life. Irony was not in papers, or in TV shows, irony had infiltrated into American’s lives and in every situation in which they could find themselves in, irony- if searched for- was present.


[1] Graydon Carter, editor of Vanity Fair, September 18, 2001

[2] Aleshinloye, Samuel, Ass. Editor- News One. “The 11 Most Compelling 9/11 Conspiracy Theories.” News One-Sam Alesh: The 11 Most Compelling 9/11 Conspiracy Theories. Web. 11. Jan. 2012. < http://newsone.com/newsone-original/samalesh/the-11-most-compelling-911-conspiracy-theories/&gt;.

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