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Authored by: chyna4xena on Sep 25, '10 06:17:09PM

This kind of thing annoys me so much that I am responding to you even after five years.

You do not know what irony is. Irony is not saying, "you're a completely useless person and you deserve to die" and just expecting them to understand that you're being ironic, and then laughing when they don't get the "joke".

Apart from "slow and Sorenson" at the end, there was nothing in your first paragraph that denoted ironic intent, and that quip was hardly unambiguous. Your second paragraph was pretty normal stuff for a conspiracy theorist, and this time there was nothing at the end to let us in on the joke, no reason for us to doubt the sincerity of your craziness.

Why would we presume sarcasm instead of genuine belief? You gave us no reason to!

When being ironic, when being properly ironic, you must explicitly indicate that this is the case. When speaking, for instance, a sarcastic tone of voice is used, and there are written equivalents and other means of denoting your intent.

Failure to use these means that you are not being ironic. You are instead just pretending that your position is otherwise than it is. That's all. You are further being extraordinarily offensive by suggesting that we "missed the joke".

We did not miss the joke. You just do not know how to make a joke.

What is slightly ironic is that by trying to demonstrate and then subsequently exalt your superiority, you've actually proved yourself unlearned in the use of humour.

It is not enough to say that you were obviously being ironic because of how far-out your position was. Many people genuinely hold crazy ideas like those you espoused, and we really have no choice in this world other than to take people at face value until we have reason to suspect otherwise.

Which is precisely ... PRECISELY ... why ironic intent must be denoted.

If it is not denoted, it is not irony.

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