“Irony is a made-to-order refuge from emotion or criticism; the author is asserting with a smile, “You can’t criticize what I’m saying, you can’t even accuse me of believing it, because I’m fully aware of it and I’m making fun of it while I’m saying it; I’m making fun of it before you can.” The irony of irony is that it is often taken to indicate intelligence…”—
A surprising number of senior managers have always championed the hiring of young people who seem unlikely candidates for corporate life: theater majors, for instance, or campus activists with mediocre grades, or eccentric computer prodigies with few social skills. These managers realize that while irreverent newcomers might create chaos in quiet offices, they also bring fresh ideas.
But recently, I have heard some of these managers grumble that painful job hunts have sapped young people of their daring, creativity and willingness to challenge old procedures.
“Nerds are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff. Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. When people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’”—John Green (via thatluciegirl)