Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Introducing Postmdernism.. A bit of light reading.

Since getting this project it's been a pain trying to get my head round what postmodernity actually is... Before jumping into posting about it i thought it would be best to read an entire book about it ... it helped. Sort of. 
I chose to read 'Introducing Postmodernism' by Richard Appingnanesi and Chris Garratt. 

I would definitely recommend this book as the style made this extremely confusing subject a bit easier to pick apart. Overall from what i can gather from this book is that for something to be modern it first has to be 'Post Modern'. Post modernism is all about going against traditions in cultures and also challenging views and opinions of topics that back then could have been considered a bit taboo. 
This is why after reading about Post modernism i am going to start looking into Feminism and Post feminism  as i find it fascinating to see how theorists views have changed throughout the decades, prior and during the postmodern era. 

These are a few pages that sums up what Modernity and Post Modernity are. 

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The word ‘post’ in postmodernism suggests that it comes after modernism, however both postmodernism and modernism both exist together at the same time. Modernism seeks to give meaning and solid definitions to what things are while postmodernism denies the rules laid by modernism.
Postmodernism denies the existance of scientifc, philosophical or religious truths to explain everything for everybody, while modernism seeks to give meaning and solid definitions to what things are while postmodernism denies the rules laid by modernism. It allows for personal interpretation, with personal experience being placed above abstract principles which paradoxically means that postmodernism can not truly be defined.
Postmodernism spans various different disciplines including art, culture, architecture, literature, entertainment, technology ect, and focuses on de-structered humanity meaning that disorder and fragmentation are acceptable represention of reality for postmodernists. Modernists viewed this view of fragmented humanity as bad while postmodernists seems to celebrate this, accepting ambiguity.
There are no final truths or definitions in postmodernism, it is an attempt to give new meanings and interpretations to everything.
Throughout the coming weeks we are going to explore how postmodernism is evident in various different aspects in our society in an attempt to better understand what postmodernism is and how it affects our lives. We will be looking at examples of postmodernism in pop-culture and entertainment, feminism, architecture, and art and design movements.