In another sense, particularly in popular entertainment, irony and a kind of dark humor can become a way of… it’s pretending to protest when it really isn’t.
Someone once called irony the song of a bird that has come to love its cage. And that even though it sings about not liking the cage, it really likes it in there. It can be both a wake-up call and an anesthetic.
—David Foster Wallace interview on the ZDF German television program, “Aspekte,” January 3, 2003.