After 9/11, pundits proclaimed that the age of irony in America was dead. How could disaffected cynicism survive in a culture that had suffered such a monumental blow? Suddenly, not giving a damn seemed downright immoral. Even Howard Stern's show, rarely known for its social conscience, devoted the entire program on the morning the attacks occurred to a serious and heartfelt (albeit still frequently reactionary) discussion of the implications and motives of the attack. Comedy was dead. We'd never... More >>>