I used to think that I knew what irony was. And then Alanis Morisette came along and ruined that! Damn her and her Jagged Little Pill!
I was listening to the radio morning show on my way to work this week, and the DJs were discussing a recent episode of the Dr Phil Show. Apparently his topic was people’s constant need for an audience and how social media was changing the way we interact with others. I completely agree, and know that I am bad for this too. But what struck me as ironic was not what the DJs were saying… they agreed with Dr Phil as well… but what happened next.
When they cut to a commercial break, the very next thing I heard was an ad for that radio station promoting a contest asking for listeners to tweet pictures of their lunch for a chance to win an office lunch prize from McDonalds! (Yeah, it’s a run-on sentence, but I’m trying to make a point)
I have no doubt that it wasn’t planned that way, and I wondered as I drove whether the DJs were also struck by the irony of what was happening. Mere seconds ago they were talking about our unhealthy constant yearning for an audience, even for the most mundane of tasks… and then they were asking us to take pictures of our lunch and post it on Twitter for everyone to see so we might have a chance at winning a free lunch for ourselves and 10 of our favourite co-workers.
To quote Canada’s queen of angst… Isn’t it ironic? Don’t you think? A little too ironic? Yeah, I really do think…