Actually, Alan, you're just far enough away from it to be able to have more perspective than I do, so your take on them is simpler, and clearer, and, I think, right on.
That's what I was trying to get at by saying it was about "copping attitude". The real appeal of this stuff is that it provides the "wearer" a touch of dashing contrarian attitude.
I had actually entertained hope, in the immediate wake of 9-11, that this stuff would shortly be seen to be dead for good -- as indeed various writers did declare it, then, in those "death of irony" pieces. But no. O well, maybe with time.
The thing that'll do it in eventually, I think, is that it actually isn't any good for anything but copping attitude and getting tenure.
Posted on Nov 16, 2001, 9:46 PM from IP address 22.214.171.124