By ANDREW FLYNN, Managing Editor
Roughly a hundred years ago, I was a broadcast journalism student at Arizona State University. My personal politics were becoming defined more and more as I worked fervently at the campus radio station, KASC The Blaze 1260AM. Turns out I didn’t know shit of what I was talking about, because I didn’t fully understand what the root of the information was that was entering my ears.
Hindsight grants us the ability to feel the full range of emotions in this life. Everything from retroactive elation from being correct about something the whole time to utter despair and suicidal thoughts because you were proven to be wrong since the beginning. In the years (and eras) since I departed ways with higher education, hindsight becomes more and more valuable, if not for anything besides growing one’s ability to use self-deprecation to their advantage…you know, since I was so damn wrong on so many things. So now I can take joy in being irreverent about the time, among other things.
Irreverence’s older sister is satire, and using both in trying to explain things as they were at a particular time is really useful, since they’re usually rooted in truth. And we all appreciate truth at least a little bit. Maybe not when we don’t want to hear it, like when your significant other has been fucking your best friend for months; but other times, perhaps, like when a court case has come out in your favor when you might have gone to jail had it not been for the last-minute introduction of evidence that clears your muddied name.
I love being irreverent, but I know that being this way all the time makes me out to me a giant prick in the eyes of most. Usually, it’s just to those who don’t fully understand my disposition, when in fact I’m attempting bone-dry humor. I’ve learned the hard way and it’s been detrimental to certain aspects of my life when I chose to be irreverent to important things, like rules and regulations and jobs I don’t work at anymore, and basic communication between myself and those I truly care about. Going through so many different tribulations allows deeper understanding in the retrospect that it sometimes requires. Not just days later, but years later.
Irreverence isn’t all bad times and negativity. The modern-day satirists of the day, Jon Stuart and Stephen Colbert, use this tool along with biting satire to bring the darkness of reality to light, in the vein of making us aware, but also making us chuckle ourselves silly. Because it is in the prism in which you view things that allows you to see as much truth as the light shining through will allow. Their respective detractors aside, laughing at yourself and those in charge is a necessary prescription to get us through what we’re going through, and what we’ve been through prior
Seeing the lighter side of darkness by way of the illumination of irreverence and satire may encapsulate larger truths, but it also does require sunglasses at times.
And that’s my giving a damn.