- Simon Peter Debbarma
Student of History, Desire Machine Collective
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Is postmodernity dead? What comes after postmodernity?
I read this following passage from a website a few days back and it got me thinking,
"This topic is of particular interest to me, the question of what comes next was largely the impetus for starting this blog. It is very clear that postmodernism isn’t dead, just like modernism or classicism aren’t dead either. People will continue to produce postmodern works or take postmodern approaches to understanding culture, just like they continue to do in the mode of modernism or any other -ism.
What is changing is that postmodernism will no longer be the dominant form. The new dominant form is emerging.
But what has happened over the past decade is that postmodernism became, well, obvious. Irony saturated everything, the questioning of all beliefs and narratives became the default posture. We all came to accept that identity is something constructed, and we even embrace new tools like blogs, Facebook, and the internet that allow us not only to construct that identity with great ease efficiency but also to project it to the world in ever more refined iterations.
At some point, however, it stopped working. It stopped being relevant. Or maybe people just got tired of it. At some point the response to the postmodern itself became “Whatever…” Maybe we saw that everyone could do it, or because we felt at some level it was superficial semiotic play. Postmodern works became almost self-deconstructing, and appreciation of culture devolved into nothing more than solving puzzles by following clues left deliberately by authors. Or maybe it was a heightened sense of reality after 9-11, or maybe the Great Recession makes the cultural pastiche central to postmodern culture seem trite. Or maybe it’s simply exhausted.
Postmodernism isn’t dead, but it is no longer the vanguard. Then what is? What comes next? What are it’s characteristics?"
I think what's next is Transmodernity but I need more knowledge regarding the "next". What are your opinions? Whats your predictions?