Some people think of the Age of Irony as an abnormal phase of detachment and indifference. It's almost talked about as an illness that needs to be treated or something that's out of the ordinary and maybe even harmful.
I completely disagree with these views. I think that irony is normal and even healthy. I don't think of irony as detachment. I think that irony is a courageous and intelligent way to express ourselves. It's a tool that allows society to discuss issues that it might not be able to discuss otherwise. In a way, it's about coming to terms with reality, accepting it and trying to work through problems in a positive way. I think that there is something very honest and forthcoming about the Age of Irony. It's definitely not detachment or ignorance and I sure hope that we are still in this age.