Welcome

Welcome to On Postmodernism, the online directory for all things postmodern. This site contains links to countless examples of postmodernism in our culture along with commentary and references. Each section is devoted to a specific subcategory including:

TermsDictionary of key terms and background needed to understand the basics of postmodernism
BooksNovels, essays, and philosophy from the most influential authors of Postmodern literature
MoviesCategorized look at movies with postmodern themes
TelevisionThe pinnacle of mass-produced American culture
ArtOverview of the various art movements along with artists, famous works, museums and art links
ArchitectureAlphabetical listing of postmodern architects and famous works
LinksA directory of miscellaneous postmodern resources on the web

Articles

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In 2007 we lost Kurt Vonnegut, one of fiction's most beloved authors

Kurt Vonnegut: Author Biography

In 2007 we lost Kurt Vonnegut, one of fiction's most beloved authors...

August 19, 2014
With the explosion of collaborative 'Web 2.0' sites, a tipping point has been reached where the growth in user generated content is now fast outpacing traditional media

Crowdsourcing: Rise (and Con) of the Prosumer

With the explosion of collaborative 'Web 2.0' sites, a tipping point has been reached where the growth in user generated content is now fast outpacing traditional media...

February 5, 2007
This film is the latest project from Sacha Baron Cohen and follows one of the trio of fake identities featured in Da Ali G Show

(Postmodern) Borat - Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

This film is the latest project from Sacha Baron Cohen and follows one of the trio of fake identities featured in Da Ali G Show...

December 2, 2006

Quick Overview

The exact definition of postmodernism is a subject of heated debate. Broadly defined, it describes everything following the so called modern historical period of the mid 20th century. Rapid advances in technology created an unprecedented upheaval in society, art, and culture, all of which have been associated with the postmodernist movement. Most consider postmodernism to be a literary and philosophical reaction to the optimistic Modernist ideals of progress and reason. Its works often take a dystopian or nihilistic view, where constant technological change and mediation rob us of our humanity and all things "real". One of its major themes is that everything has been done before and our culture is now a mass-produced mashup of recycled ideas and icons. While proponents see it as a liberating way to frame reality despite the inherent bias of language and media, its critics consider methods like deconstruction an intellectual cop-out. Despite the debate, there is no doubt that postmodern ideas have both reflected and shaped our world today.