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Title: What is Postmodernism?


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What is Postmodernism?
  • April 20, 2005

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  • Things fall apart the centre cannot hold
  • Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.
  • W.B. Yeats

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Poststructuralism
  • No pretense of holism or objectivity
  • Deconstruction, textual analysis
  • Power and Historical Context

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What Postmodernism Isnt
  • Modernism
  • Purpose
  • Order
  • Hierarchy
  • Centering
  • Works of Art
  • Postmodernism
  • Play
  • Disorder
  • Anarchy
  • Fragmentation
  • Process / Performance / Pastiche

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Beaver vs. Malcolm
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Brokaw Rather vs. Stewart
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Image
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Pop Art
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Narrative / Text
  • Non-linear
  • Deconstruction
  • Moving beyond the surface to decipher the message
    in the text

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Simulacrum
  • Fabrication a copy that is more real than the
    original

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Simulacrum
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So, What Does All This Mean?
  • Postmodernism is a transitional phase
  • What will replace Modernism?

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Fragmented Identities
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • Anti-War Movement
  • Environmentalism
  • Womens Rights
  • Identity Politics

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Restructuring Capitalism
  • Mobile
  • Flexible
  • Reduced Commitments to
  • Labor
  • Communities
  • Planned Obsolescence
  • Information/Service Industries

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Advertising
  • Identity Shaped by Consumerism
  • MTV Programming and Advertising Indistinguishable

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Paradox of Choice
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Network Society
  • Global
  • Flexibility Mobility
  • Information
  • Capital
  • People

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Network Society
  • Transportation
  • Communication (Internet)
  • Global Finance and Trade
  • Employment
  • Social Services
  • Labor
  • Environment
  • Human Rights

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Nation-State
  • International Trade WTO NAFTA FTAA
  • Transnational Corporations
  • Al-Qaeda
  • War on Terror

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Time Space Compression
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How do we locate ourselves morally in this
postmodern world?
  • Cultural Relativism
  • No Objectivity
  • Anarchy
  • Nihilism
  • Absolute Truths
  • Universal Values
  • Fascism
  • Fundamentalism
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