In Chapter Ten of Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises Jake and Bill joke on Irony and Pity - 'they are all the rage back home.'
Jake and Bill, two WWI Veteran Expatriate members of the generacion perdite wax comical on the hypocricies they left behind: "Oh, Give them Irony and Give them Pity. Oh, give them Irony. ... Just a little irony. Just a little pity . . ."
Kevin Myers of the Irish Independant, a true disciple of Flann O'Brien's cant free journalism, indicts the fashionably fatuous with regard to Haiti, PC, Free Speech and BS.
You can say we have free speech -- but we haven't. Example: I can say Americans are loud, boorish, lazy and insensitive morons, and that's fine. If I say the same about Nigerians, I am in jail.
Look, you cry, he's at it again! He starts off quite innocently on Haiti, and look where's finished up!
Quite. I agree. You are looking nervously at the door. I am making you uncomfortable. You wish to leave. I quite understand.
This guy, Kevin Myers, should be required high school/college prep reading in every language and taught cross-curricularly.