Chronic Ironic Postergirl of the nineties

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Scan originally appeared in Wired 03.11, November 1995.



What I find truly ironic about the 90's was that none of us teenagers back then had yet grasped the distinction between irony and sarcasm, thus we coined the phrase Chronic Ironic about our extensive use of sarcasm, unwittingly doing something incredibly ironic...

In any case, in the 90's we never really said what we actually liked. We only hinted at what things we didn't like, either by praising them, or - like the denim-clad postergirl above - sarcastically withholding our full endorsement.

Sounds complicated, I know, but once you mastered it, you had it made.

So, let's have a guess what this girl actually did like. The Cranberries? Nirvana? Ohh, I know: Alanis Morissette:

Comments (3)

What's really ironic is that since this ad ran, knitting *has* become hip.

That's just so the formerly Chronic Ironic can needle the rest of us. They are all suspect, for what we don't need these people doing is making more Afghans.

the real irony is that nothing alanis says is actually ironic

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