What is postmodernism? Are you interest of their idea?
October 1, 2006 11:18pm CST
Postmodernism is antimodernism. What's your opinion about postmodernism?
2 Aug 11
That is now a literary postmodernism can not deny. It exists! The contents do not want to pronounce me now. What bothers me above all is the name. In art, we Impressionism, Cubism, Fauvism, etc. Words suggesting that the current feature. True, such names were not invented by the artists - they were concerned about their personal art and not her label - but by others, after the stream has been received and acknowledged by the public. So for example, the term impressionism 'was proposed by a journalist to "Charivari" after he saw the painting "Impression, Soleil Levant" by Monet, exhibited at Le Havre. Prior to Monet, but there were Turner, Constable, Delacroix, Corot, Daumier, Courbet, Boudin, Manet, Pissarro, Sisley, Cézanne, and even contemporaries like Degas, Renoir, Guillaumin, Bazille and others. Current was already a feature before it received any names. Word postmodernism ', however, seems to me to be a figment of the authors themselves, who - like some teenagers who think only parents greatest - have sought to label before the write operation. And what bothers most is the lack of imagination of those who should excel just by imagination. If modernism was perceived first as a permanent trend applies openness to new, post-modernism is based on the erroneous idea that modernism was precisely defined in a current time, after which comes naturally in postmodernism. Modern is necessarily transitory. Shortly, it will be obsolete, which is in total contradiction with any creative desire that his work to have lasted, or be perennial and not perishable. In fact, current, modernism 'never existed, but tend to be modern. Post-modern, that is born ready obsolete, is a term almost painful result of adolescent infatuation, which is why his supporters seem to be people I still intellectually immature, despite some close venerable age.
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2 Oct 06
From Wikipedia (used with permission): Postmodernism is an idea that has been extremely controversial and difficult to define among scholars, intellectuals, and historians, as it connotes to many the hotly debated idea that the modern historical period has passed. Nevertheless, most agree that postmodern ideas have affected philosophy, art, critical theory, literature, architecture, interpretation of history, and culture since the late 20th century. The term defies easy definition, but generally comprises the following core ideals: * A continual skepticism towards the ideas and ideals of the modern era, especially the ideas of progress, objectivity, reason, certainty & personal identity, and grand narrative in general (see Counter-Enlightenment) * The belief that all communication is shaped by cultural bias, myth, metaphor, and political content. (see Cultural relativism) * The assertion that meaning and experience can only be created by the individual, and cannot be made objective by an author or narrator. (see Existentialism) * Parody, satire, self-reference, and wit. (see No hugging, no learning) * Acceptance of a mass media dominated society in which there is no originality, but only copies of what has been done before. (see late capitalism) * Globalisation, a culturally pluralistic and profoundly interconnected global society lacking any single dominant center of political power, communication, or intellectual production. Instead, the world is moving towards decentralisation in all types of global processes. Framework of discussion Post-modernism is most commonly held to be a movement of ideas that has replaced or is replacing modernism by countering a number of modernism's fundamental assumptions. For example, modernism places a great deal of importance on ideals such as rationality, objectivity, and progress -- as well as other ideas rooted in The Enlightenment, and as positivist and realist movements from the late 19th century -- while postmodernism questions whether these ideals can actually exist at all. Post-modernism adherents often argue that their ideals have arisen as a result of particular economic and social conditions, including what is described as "late capitalism" and the omnipresence of broadcast media, and such conditions have pushed society into a new historical period. However, a large number of thinkers and writers hold that postmodernism is at best simply a period, variety, or extension of modernism and not actually a separate period or idea. - In a nutshell, the pro-postmodernism argument runs that economic and technological conditions of our age have given rise to a decentralized, media-dominated society in which ideas are only inter-referential representations and copies of each other, with no real original, stable or objective source for communication and meaning. Globalization, brought on by innovations in communication, manufacturing and transportation, is often cited as one force which has driven the decentralized modern life, creating a culturally pluralistic and profoundly interconnected global society lacking any single dominant center of political power, communication, or intellectual production. Postmodern scholars argue that such a decentralized society inevitably creates responses/perceptions which are described as post-modern, such as the rejection of what is seen as false, imposed unities of meta-narrative and hegemony, breaking of traditional frames of genre, structure and stylistic unity, and the overthrowing of categories which are the result of logocentrism and other forms of artificially imposed order. Instead, they value the collage of elements, the play and juxtaposition of ideas from different contexts, and the deconstruction of symbols into the basic dynamics of power and place from which those symbols gain meaning as signifiers. In this it is related to post-structuralism in philosophy, minimalism in the arts and music, the emergence of pop, and the rise of mass media. Scholars who accept the division of post-modernity as a distinct period believe that society has collectively eschewed modern ideals and instead adopted ideas which are rooted in the reaction to the restrictions and limitations of those ideas, and the present is, therefore a new historical period. While the characteristics of postmodern life are sometimes difficult to grasp, most postmodern scholars point to very concrete and visible technological and economic changes that have brought about the new types of thinking. Critics of the idea reject that it represents liberation, but instead a failure of creativity, and the supplanting of organization with syncreticism and bricolage. They argue that post-modernity is obscurantist, overly dense, and makes strong assertions about the sciences which are demonstrably false. There are often strong political overtones to this debate, with conservative commentators often being the harshest critics of post-modernism. There is a great deal of disagreement on whether or not these technological and cultural changes represent a new historical period, or merely an extension of the modern one. Complicating matters further, others have argued that even the postmodern era has already ended, with some commentators asserting culture has entered a post-postmodern period. Descriptions of postmodernism * "Postmodernism is incredulity towards metanarratives." Jean-Francois Lyotard * "A generation raised on channel-surfing has lost the capacity for linear thinking and analytical reasoning." Chuck Colson * "Postmodernist fiction is defined by its temporal disorder, its disregard of linear narrative, its mingling of fictional forms and its experiments with language." - Barry Lewis, Kazuo Ishiguro * "Weird for the sake of [being] weird." - Moe Szyslak, of The Simpsons * "It’s the combination of narcissism and nihilism that really defines postmodernism," Al Gore Connotations Postmodernism connotes the idea that knowledge has become commodified. With the "computerisation of society" and the dominance of a mass-media, knowledge becomes fluid. The true seat of power then is wherever the knowledge is being controlled. The state becomes less powerful as more agents can wield or control this knowledge. The state itself is subject to that which it controls--the state's actions are reported and effectively taught to the masses through them and so they have the definitive decision on what goes in, and therefore what the masses are taught. The role, proper usage, and meaning of postmodernism remain matters of intense debate and vary widely with context.