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A Reflection on Postmodernism by: Maribeth Q. Galindo August 27, 2008

Posted by beth95 in Thoughts.


                     Postmodernism in a Stanford Encyclopedia definition, can be described as a set of critical, strategic, and rhetorical practices employing concepts such as difference, repetition and hyper reality to destabilize other concepts such as presence, identity and historical progress.

                    In other materials, Postmodernism is a concept that is applied to a wide-ranging set of development or in various discipline or areas of study such as art, philosophy, architecture, music, film, literature, sociology, communication, fashion, technology, etc. Postmodernism sometimes abbreviated “promo” was originally a reaction to modernism. Largely, influenced by the disillusionment induced “by the second world war”, postmodernism tends to refer to a cultural, intellectual or artistic state lacking a clear central hierarchy or organizing principle and embodying extreme complexity, contradiction, ambiguity, diversity and interconnectedness.

                   Throughout the volatile period of the second world war, many have influences this concept, widening perspective on how to deal and solve problems that arises through globalization. Eventually, the important development propelled the minds of the latest generation are more vigilant and critical of the updates in their surrounding and as a result of this curiosity they are faced with the new twist of events that they needed to be reinforced with the new and fresh concept. Seemingly, society before the development of postmodernism follows what is universally accepted, they saw roaring progress in economy and soaring development in lifestyle brought by modernization tools and integrated in their daily routine. Thus, society’s mentality is fixated.

                  By the time postmodernism was introduced in the era of new technology, society becomes exhausted with the pointless meaning of existence and the value of freedom that they wanted fresh ideals and approach. The strategic and aesthetic playfulness of the concept offers different views and impact that it became soon accepted. It gives good ground for confronting complex issues that present in the various disciplines. Moreover, it tends to condition the minds of the people to disregard what is universally accepted within the framework. Apparently, it attracts liberals and radicals in accepting alternatives in solving dilemmas in other ways. Thus, society’s mentality is not fixated anymore.

                  The profound truth of this post modern age is that society’s sensible mind finds its way to understanding especially to the public who seems to be confused and bother which is reliable and which is not. One point is that this is a good development in the upgraded educational system in our generation particularly on some progressive individuals whose creativity resulted in the birth of postmodernism concept and that this may have a distinction for some personal improvement of the lives of the people who are eager to change the dogmatic norms in the environment.   



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