Irony’s great. We at Glowing Blue Core enjoy irony, and our healthy red blood cells will stand as testament to that fact. (sorry. –ed.) No, but seriously, irony can serve as healthy detachment from a culture growing more hysterical, loud and upsetting every day. Irony’s a useful defense mechanism.
But, well, there’s also too much of it around, thick strata growing over huge tracts of online communication, oozing over Twitter, Tumblr and Reddit like slowly cooling molten rock. A degree of detachment is great, but, with the greatest of respect to Weird Twitter, snarky Reddit commenters and semi-coherent Tumblr comedians, all of whom have their places, the world can be a difficult place to understand when you’re trying to look at it through several thick layers of irony. If you didn’t like the magma metaphor, try booze – alcohol’s great, as we all know, but life can be tricky if you’re always shit-faced.
So, the point that I’ve been sneaking up on for these last 150-odd words is this: Every so often, the Internet reveals a shining little unironic Good Thing – some fine online jewel created to be enjoyed on its own terms, with no hidden meaning, backhanded in-joke, or veiled dig at something else. Periodically, we of this blog will post these things, be they a cool recipe/TV YouTube channel, a memory-stirring experience with a goofy Flash game, or something else entirely. Scale does not matter – anything from a really good music video to a lengthy appreciation of some Internet cornerstone like Wikipedia or the Internet Archive is fair game. (Although we’re also not just going to post about every cute pet-related gif we like, since there are unimaginably vast tracts of the online world devoted to that already.)
Much smarter people have written books upon books about what the Internet really means for society, and we’re not trying to get too grandiose about this. But the fact remains that the Internet is a twisted, incomplete reflection of humanity (you JUST said you weren’t going to do this. –ed.), so we thought that highlighting, even in the smallest possible way, the fact that there are parts of it that bring a little irony-free joy to our lives might remind us that the Internet isn’t all YouTube comments sections and people being shitty and horrible to each other. And hey, maybe you’ll get a little unironic pleasure out of them, as well.