Ironic Death

There used to be an imprint of graphic novels that were designed to be educational, and thus were called Educational Comics or E.C. The main thrust of E.C.’s pedagogy was that murderers risked suffering ironic death. So for example a butcher who sold tainted meat might be butchered, a man cruel to blind people might be savaged by a dog in a pitch-black, be-razored maze, an evil baseball player might have his dismembered body parts used to play baseball.

Educational Comics was discontinued in the anti-intellectual late 50s for over-educating young people. Had it continued it would have been able to address the following important questions:

1)Is ironic death worse or better than meaningless death?

2)What if you were a baseball player who oppressed the blind? Would you be killed by baseball or by darkness? Or a combination of the two? Does it matter which one you oppressed worst, or do the different agents of ironic retribution have a different way of settling who will deliver the ironic coup de grace? Do they, for example, take turns?

3)How bad do you have to be to merit ironic death?

4)Does writing a mocking web log about educational comics warrant ironic death, and if so, is there a way to avoid having one’s nerves strung into an internet connection and AUGH!


2 thoughts on “Ironic Death

  1. 1) Irony exists in the eye of the beholder. For the deceased there is no difference. A non-fatal ironic punishment would be more effective as it would allow the sufferer to perceive their punishment
    2) Oppressing the blind is clearly the morally negative act so the punishment would relate to that. If you specifically oppressed blind baseball players then that would muddy the thematic waters. Note: I’m unsure if blind baseball is a thing, however blind cricket is so adjust your narrative as required.
    3) At some level all deaths are ironic. With a sufficiently existential outlook the level is quite low.
    4) Given that ironic deaths were reserved for murderers I think you’re OK.

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