Whatever Happened to Boomer Irony?

While the missus is still away, I watched a documentary over the weekend about folk music in Greenwich Village, Greenwich Village: Music that Defined a Generation. It was largely celebratory. Only scant attention to drugs, the cost of success and selling out, envy of Bob Dylan. And then there was politics. I had really hoped they would not go there but they did: folk music changed everything. The last segment included stars talking about how music changed the world. One example was how Harry Chapin rallied musicians to sing together (of all things) and so raise funds for worthy causes. No mention of how those funds were administered. No mention directly of folk music’s inspiration of either Martin Luther King or Malcolm X. And no images of Rev. King with ear buds during his marches while he listened to Don McLean or Peter, Paul, and Mary (and why did Mary come up last in the list?) and evaded barking dogs.

I’d have expected New Yorkers with New York sensibilities to be a little less self-congratulatory. But then there are the Yankees and their fans.

But amazingly, for a movie made after — underscore after — A Mighty Wind and Inside Llewyn Davis (okay, Greenwich Village and Inside LD came out the same year), how can you ever play folk music straight? Don’t you need a measure of ironic distance, a little self-awareness that you are the one touting yourself?

It struck me that folk musicians were for the left what evangelicalism is to Christianity.

And then comes this from another boomer New Yorker:

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Forget irony. Whatever happened to the fall that follows pride?

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14 thoughts on “Whatever Happened to Boomer Irony?

  1. D. G. Hart (and why did Mary come up last in the list?)
    exactly, good question. but if the blessed one, ‘Cats’ would never let it happen 

    for cw: “the key is to remain committed” …. convicting
    Why 10 Percent is All You Need:What does it take for an idea to spread from one to many? For a minority opinion to become the majority belief? According to a new study by scientists at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the answer is 10%. Once 10% of a population is committed to an idea, it’s inevitable that it will eventually become the prevailing opinion of the entire group. The key is to remain committed. http://freakonomics.com/2011/07/28/minority-rules-why-10-percent-is-all-you-need/

    D.G. Hart says : (I like) folk musicians
    Sorry, I say- your fault : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azDgHycR_KQ&feature=related

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  2. D. G. Hart (and why did Mary come up last in the list?)

    exactly, good question. but if the blessed one, ‘Cats’ would never let it happen 

    for cw: “the key is to remain committed” , convicting, no?

    Why 10 Percent is All You Need:What does it take for an idea to spread from one to many? For a minority opinion to become the majority belief? According to a new study by scientists at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the answer is 10%. Once 10% of a population is committed to an idea, it’s inevitable that it will eventually become the prevailing opinion of the entire group. The key is to remain committed. http://freakonomics.com/2011/07/28/minority-rules-why-10-percent-is-all-you-need/

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  3. That marketing piece needs more humility.

    And if the 10% thing is to be believed, what percent of our country holds to basic, orthodox Christian teaching? I submit the answer to that would lead us to be more humble.

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  4. cw l’unificateur says:Ali, you are a she-troll

    morning cw. with all due respect, from what I can see, thatseems to be your special forte
    “In Internet slang, a troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet”

    mboss says: And if the 10% thing is to be believed, what percent of our country holds to basic, orthodox Christian teaching?

    morning mboss. and exactly – I think that would be the convicting point and the concern?

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  5. Ali, cw agreed with the post in his comment, no discord there. You however…

    If everyone sent me $10 that could mean the tipping point for the Charlotte, NC area.

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  6. This discussion kinda brings back memories of the early 70’s when the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi postulated that if the square root of 1% of any population practiced his Transcendental Meditation it would improve the overall quality of life of that demographic. Nothing new here under the sun…

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  7. mrbfree says: Ali, cw agreed with the post in his comment, no discord there. You however…

    oh, mrbefree. discernment. we all need it … when does disagreeing mean sowing discord; when doesn’t it; when is always agreeing ‘unity’; when is always agreeing cultish and/or disunity; when is disagreeing more like personal character assassination, when do blanket pat statements (eg. about them-those kinds/types eevanges, whoevevers) without particulars/specifics/justifications ever make sense; etc.etc.

    Sometimes I think to myself… some sure seem proud of confessing their confessions, but what about as much energy acting in accordance with them, discerning, and walking in/by the Spirit and in the spirit of them.

    cw l’unificateur says:Ali, you should 1) be committed or 2) remain committed…as the case may be.

    not sure what you are saying, but maybe you can explain;. not sure I’ve ever heard a reasoned, specific, fair argument from you here, so could you on this ?

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