Saturday, 20 April 2013
How I see Post-modernism and Modernism
not fully knowing or understanding the concept of postmodernism and modernism I decided to draw a little picture of what I thought it was, if its completely wrong you can all say stuff like "Hey Lee, you goober, that's totally not what its all about! why would you even think that" and then I'll be like "oh damn"
Anyway.. my view on Postmodernism is that its initially the rejection of something whether it be an idea or opinion and then the development of a new idea/opinion/plan which in turn is rejected and changed, I've read and heard that some people argue that postmodernism doesn't exist but if its the rejection of something, such as an idea then hasn't Postmodernism always existed?
Also from that would that mean things such as religion would come under the category of Postmodernism and Modernism because ideas such as the Flying Spaghetti monster are a rejection of all other religions (pretty much all religions are rejections of other religions)
http://www.venganza.org/ - Flying Spaghetti Monster
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invisible_Pink_Unicorn - invisible pink unicorn
But again I kinda feel my definition is quite rough and vague and in turn leaves me with more questions but there is a lot of contradictions because through history there have been a lot of ideas that have frequently resurfaced so would that make it a Postmodernism idea or because the idea has already existed would that make it Modernism.
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.