do you ever think that maybe this board should be less ironic and meme-focused? it seems exceedingly rare to see an actually interesting comment on literature.
Not just /lit/, the entirety of 4chan.
Irony on 4chan isn't even funny to me anymore, it's lazy as fuck and borderline shitposting, but there are people who pride themselves on shitposting, god knows why.
You know this new type of irony in American humour could become what used to be wit in earlier centuries, somewhat cheesy, sometimes clever, never serious. I don't think it is necessarily bad as long as you can be candid every now and again and people can take certain things like religion or war seriously sometimes. I see most of 4chan being stupidly ironic with moments of intelligence and real humour. But sometimes people hit that perfect sweet spot of being completely serious and facetious at the same time about an argument. That is how I imagine Socrates/Plato to be, he didn't really believe in women working alongside men but he did at the same time.
Agreed. I felt the same thing a couple of months ago. It feels like everything nowadays has to be hidden behind 7 layers of irony or it's not hip. And "internet culture" has to be behind 24 layers at least. "Dank memes" for example. I complained about it on another board and someone told me I should read Demons by Dostoevsky and I've been devouring literature and coming here ever since.