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May. 14th, 2006 @ 11:24 pm on pomo
You know, I just had a thought: Fifty years or so from now, no one will "get" postmodernism. Postmodernism is totally dependent on a canon of pop culture icons, themes, and archetypes that will become obsolete the moment Nick at Nite stops airing I Love Lucy reruns. The snotty arts students of the future will see South Park and Kill Bill not as wickedly clever social commentary, but as a collection of tedious, masturbatory jokes that don't make sense without a massive tome of footnotes and historical references. To the snotty art students of the future, we will be the next T.S. Eliot.


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Date:May 15th, 2006 05:07 am (UTC)

kill bill sucks

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how the phuck is that wickedly clever social commentary>
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Date:May 15th, 2006 07:01 am (UTC)

mediocrity in the service of excellence

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You answered your own question.
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Date:May 15th, 2006 08:09 am (UTC)
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I don't know if you've ever seen beast wars (the cg transformers cartoon from the mid 90's), but by god that yesssssss makes me think of the megatron from that.

Date:May 15th, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC)
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Hi, you don't really know me, I'm a friend of Todd's. I just wanted to make a few points, though:

1. "Postmodernism" isn't just, or even mostly, about referencing to pop culture. If anything, it's more about having an ironic attitude towards the concept of "truth" -- but even that's a gross oversimplification.

2. The sole aim of literature isn't just to be relevant to future generations. Just because something's dependant on the present social context doesn't make it any less relevant within that context, regardless of how it will be considered by future generations. As a matter of fact, "timeless" works generally tend to be so because they're general or abstract enough, in a some ways, to apply to almost anything. Just as there's a place for works that are "timeless", there's a place for works that are very much products of and about their time -- because they ARE relevant and interesting to me NOW.