Thanks to Andrew J. Taggart for pointing out this entry to the Stone blog at NYTimes.com.
A good read. Not sure I agree with the whole premise. In my view, while Millenials do present a lot of irony (at least in their hipster variation), the irony itself is ironic. I suppose that can be seen as too Meta, but it should be connected with the likes of Socrates or Diogenes. Gen Yers in their self-cancelling ironic irony step out of the shadow of the Gen-Xers (i.e. the author below) who are entirely unironic in their irony.
So I agree with the author that it is easy enough to dust off the cobwebs of irony, but it is what needs to be done by late Boomers and Xers more so than Millenials.
He is an easy target for mockery. However, scoffing at the hipster is only a diluted form of his own affliction. He is merely a symptom and the most extreme manifestation of ironic living. For many Americans born in the 1980s and 1990s — members of Generation Y, or Millennials — particularly middle-class Caucasians, irony is the primary mode with which daily life is dealt. One need only dwell in public space, virtual or concrete, to see how pervasive this phenomenon has become. Advertising, politics, fashion, television: almost every category of contemporary reality exhibits this will to irony.