This page exists pretty much simply for the purpose of asserting that I, Greg Dember, coined the term “ironesty.”
Do I know for sure that nobody used it before me? No, I can’t say that I know for 100% sure that nobody used it before me. But, I will tell you that it was sometime in the Summer of 2016, that I first used the word in a draft of an as-yet-unpublished book I’m working on. (It’s July 29, 2017 as I sit writing this out.)
And here is the first place I used it on the web:
How to be Ironic and Earnest, with J.P. Sears (”Ironesty”)
What is it?
Ironesty: The braiding together of irony and sincerity (honesty) in a unified aesthetic expression.
Ironesty is a prevalent characteristic of metamodern cultural products.
Metamodernism is the cultural period, or episteme, that many people believe has supplanted / is supplanting postmodernism. Ironesty is one of the ways that metamodern artworks escape Postmodernism’s ironic quicksand.
What Is Metamodern? is a blog that I collaborate on with Linda Ceriello, in which we catalog examples of metamodernism, as we see it, in popular culture, the arts, and society.
Examples of ironesty include:
Or a great example of ironesty could be a guy creating a web page in order to ridiculously stake a claim that he coined a term, but then using the page in order to earnestly explain what the term means. And he does honestly believe that he deserves credit for inventing it!