I've moved onto nostalgia as it is a huge part of our postmodern culture and is evident in TV shows like Family Guy, The Simpsons, The Venture Brothers and Adventure Time, ect.
These animated shows constantly reference the past, often the 1980s and 1990s because those were the decades that the creators were growing up in. Its a time that they look back on as being worth remembering so they reference it in their shows, and give little nods and in-jokes to those that understand the reference.
However it's a glamorised view or a "hyper real" view; it uses the myth of the period to attempt to simulate the original, it is a copy of a copy, Baudrillard calls it simulacra. ( I do hope I'm explained this properly and I'm using the terms properly, If not then I'll have another go later).
Here's a short essay I found on Nostalgia Films, which explains things a bit better:
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.