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Irony | Haruki Murakami

Irony | Haruki Murakami

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Socrates and Emotional Intelligence. Or not!

Socrates and Emotional Intelligence. Or not!
The estimable Dr. Travis Bradberry yesterday posted a LinkedIn update consisting of the following:Him saying, "Great advice from long ago."A quote, being, "The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." A picture of a bust of Socrates, with the words "Socrates, Greek Philosopher" below it.H...
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Andy Murray and the White Elephant Tennis Centre

Andy Murray and the White Elephant Tennis Centre
After GB's tennis team won the Davis Cup last weekend, there was a quick flurry of reporting before the UK media's interest tennis quickly dropped back into its default position of "almost non-existent". Other than the excellent success of the team, the one thing that did stand out in the brief spurt of activity was Andy Murray's reason for not wor...
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Irony | Voltaire

Irony | Voltaire

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On the Difference between Irony and Sarcasm

On the Difference between Irony and Sarcasm

There's been a fair bit of chatter on this research about how sarcasm makes you "smarter" and more creative (e.g. here). I've read the original article and the core problem is the confusion between sarcasm and irony.

Irony is the ability to see the gap between aspirations and achievements. Sarcasm is a performative form of irony. You can be ironic without being sarcastic, but you cannot be sarcastic without being ironic. An ironic statement intends to reveal the absurdity to the audience, an indirect way of getting them to see what is really going on. If you use the sarcastic form, you want the audience to see whose fault it was (i.e. who is the idiot behind this mess). That's where the "tearing of the flesh" comes in.

If you use another performative form of irony that isn't intended to harm the target, then the creative thinking and "smartness" is kickstarted, as people are having to decode the indirect prompts and work out for themselves what is actually going on.

Unfortunately, the authors of the article didn't take the time to examine the relationship fully, which obscures the message. Ironic?

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