Monday, December 21, 2009

Do you find it ironic when actors and politicians pretend to understand energy?;_ylt=AqAtW.xFqb1rZJMLIi34nA0jzKIX;_ylv=3?qid=20091024090509AAGfg7K

Do you find it ironic when actors and politicians pretend to understand energy?

It is not my intent to insult anyone. But I actually do think that it is rocket science. Anyone who stands out in a lovely green field with a windmill in the background and talks about solving the world energy shortage while saving the environment is either being disingenuous or he doesn't fully understand the problem.

I thiunk this is a great place to stop and take stock. What this blog attempts to do is, through Yahoo! Answers, show just how oddly and erratically the word 'ironic' is used, using examples from Yahoo! Answers. A good many Yahoo! Answers users, especially in certain sections, use it not as a way of asking questions but as a way of sharing their opinions with strangers: a kind of soapbox, if you will. This person clearly has some interest in energy (which he appears to believe is rocket science: well, rockets do need fuel). He has perhaps recently seen some TV commercials or TV programmes featuring actors talking about energy. He is bothered, and perhaps annoyed, by the simplicity of their arguments. They seem, to him, to simplify a complex matter, and this angers him.

Now, of all the words in the great English language to describe this, he chooses the word 'ironic'. Is this, in even the smallest way, an appropriate use of the word 'ironic'? Is there even a twinge of irony here (except that the TV channel NBC is owned by GE...)? No. And yet... and yet... It appears that 'ironic' is becoming a catch-all word to describe any situation that bothers certain people.

Isn't that ironic? Oh, wait. No, it isn't. Not in the slightest.