Irony: A definition
- a technique of indicating, as through character or plot development, an intention or attitude opposite to that which is actually or ostensibly stated.
- (esp. in contemporary writing) a manner of organizing a work so as to give full expression to contradictory or complementary impulses, attitudes, etc., esp. as a means of indicating detachment from a subject, theme, or emotion.
Or, if you’re not much of an abstract or technical learner, an anecdote:
Irony is spending 500 USD on a brand new Sony Alpha 230 dSLR camera because you would be going on a month long trip without your photographically inclined companion and not wanting to come back from Malaysia without pictures (as happened during your summer in Italy and semester in Spain [Garrett & Felbs’s photos didn’t cut it]). As a good little Slovenian, though you were looking at cheaper, entry level cameras, you were going to buy the one that cnet.com recommended and the one that took the best pictures- why buy a camera and come back unhappy with the pictures? So, instead of the 100 USD point and click, you decided you would bite the bullet, spend your savings, and get the big boy camera. For 10 days you had this camera, while you enjoyed the islands of Koh Tarotao National Park in Satun Province Thailand with aforementioned companion who was snapping great shots. Though you took roughly 30 pictures, you knew most wouldn’t be used because of companion’s superior work. But it was better so you could save shots for Malaysia, when he would be gone. You even saved HIS cameras in a water proof bag, for 4 hours, when your kayak sunk in the Andamen Sea (story to come). So, as soon as you board the boat to split with him. You dip the bottom of your camera bag in the water, just barely, not even enough to pool water in the bag; but, just enough to moisten the camera’s body and short the power relay, rendering brand new camera useless for the next month. As you leave your digital media guru, you strain under the 500 USD of dead weight that would be hanging around your neck for the next 3 weeks, until you could use the camera’s warranty. It would even be present when you pulled out disposable cameras for your mementos of Malaysia (or used the D40 your couch surfing host let you borrow for a couple days). Irony is having a fully functional dSLR with Cengiz Yar, but 3 Kodak disposable cameras without him.