Glasses Case Celebrates Ruining Your Eyes Watching TV
I'm so lost. Have you noticed how the meaning of the word "irony" has been eroding lately? People are labeing countless situations "ironic", whether it's someone getting their just desserts, or witnessing something I'd simply call humorously apropos. So it is with some trepidation at this amateur expansion of the definition, I ask you to help me decide whether this eyeglass case is ironic or not?
From the printed-on art, I think we can guess that this is from the early 60's, but it might be slightly older. Actually, there's something almost timeless about it. Children have their butts firmly rooted to the flooor, fascinated before the glassy gods of television - as they still do. Tilting the glasses case brings the TV to life via 5 frames of an animated lenticular cartoon; a little man on a unicycle. The kids are immobile, while the television unspools hour after hour of cyclic fascination of dubious value - as it still does.
Certainly at some point mom leaned out of the kitchen warning the kids about their proximity to the TV. "You'll ruin your eyes! You don't want to wear glasses for the rest of your life, do you?". There, my friends, is where I think the sweet irony lay. The kids are commuted to a life sentence of wearing glasses, every night slipping them into the cruel glasses case that's a constant reminder of what they did in the name of TV.
Ironic, isn't it?