June 2013 LSAT, Reading Comprehension Q8

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project I'm a bit surprised that this passage doesn't start out with a Main Point question... I'm sure that'll come later. Furthermore, your answer to every question should be informed by your understanding of the main point. If you struggled at all with questions 8-14, odds are that you didn't quite catch it. Here's my summary, if you need a refresher.

Question 8 asks about a specific phrase. Why did the author say "on the verge of a filmless, digital revolution"? If you'd read the questions before looking at the passage--a horrible technique that I vehemently oppose--you'd probably suspect that the author wanted to tell you about the amazing revolution in photo technology. But after reading the entire passage, we know that that's the exact opposite of what the author was interested in. The author only brought up the "filmless, digital revolution" in order to set the stage for what he believes to be a far more interesting counter-revolution by the hipsters. Let's see if we can find an answer that captures that.

A. I was on board with this answer until the very last word... is "irony" really what the author was going for? The author definitely brought up the digital revolution to provide the setting for the hipster counter-revolution. I did say "set the stage," above. But the word "ironic" freaks me out here. I'm not eliminating it, but I'm wary.

B. Definitely not. The author did not say that "most photographers" are anything, or that anybody is "wary." Much less "most photographers are wary." This isn't the answer.

C. The author did not seem skeptical about the hipster low-tech revolution. If anything, the author seemed enthusiastic... see the rhapsodizing in the fifth paragraph. This is out.

D. No. The passage said nothing about "most photographers," or "most photographers who are artists." This is out.

E. No. I definitely think this is true in real life, but what I believe to be true in real life has no bearing on my answer here. The author was enthusiastic about the use of these old technologies, and made no suggestion that this is a passing fad.

After hating B-E, I'm much happier with A. "Ironic" means "the opposite of what one expects." When we all have amazing modern technology at our fingertips, it's a bit surprising that some folks have jumped on the backward-tech bandwagon. Our answer is A, because of those ironic hipsters.

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