Time shaped the pervasive tone of modern journalism—knowing, distanced, superior, and a little cynical.
. . . As Time used them, archness and irony were devices for accommodating and diministhing the more unpleasant realities of the world.
Geoffrey Nunberg, “The Style is the Mag,” in The Years of Talking Dangerously (New York: PublicAffairs, 2009), p. 23