Sarcasm Chasm

This is not the world’s most original observation, but the internet is just way too ironic. I know my irony-detector has been knocked so far out of wack that I see arch sarcasm where it doesn’t exist.

Case in point. I clicked on a link on a website and it brought me to another website (I know: fun story, right?). And the actual article I was trying to read didn’t load, but this message did:

For publication consideration in the newspaper, send comments to letters@usatoday.com. Include name, phone number, city and state for verification. To view our corrections, go to corrections.usatoday.com.

And I actually thought it was a pretty funny joke that some rando blog would have two email addresses for USA Today. I also liked its pseudo serious wording. I thought it was clever that it wasn’t overtly making fun of USA Today—the Zero Hour to the Onion’s Airplane!—but was just sneakily appropriating the newspaper’s brand instead.  And including a link to a newspaper’s corrections was pretty funny, too.

Then I looked down at the rest of the website and realized it actually was a blog for USA Today.

That’s the moment I realized the world no longer made sense and I had to enter irony detox. Also, if you want to send a letter to USA Today or view their corrections, feel free to click the links above.

Published by Mister Bulger

Adam Bulger is the editor in chief of BTRtoday.com and a frequent contributor to the parenting website Fatherly.com. He's also recently written for the wedding site ThePlunge.com and the college student aide Coursehero.com. Less recently, he's written for The Believer, Forbes, The Atlantic's website, Suicidegirls, Inked Magazine and probably about a dozen other places that are too obscure or defunct to bother listing.

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