order to depict how the following sentence illustrates concepts of
postmodernism, the definition must first be understood. Postmodernism is a
concept in which originated in the arts and architecture and criticized aspects
of modernism, such as distrust of theories and ideas and skepticism of the
In order to depict how the following sentence illustrates concepts of postmodernism, the definition must first be understood. Postmodernism is a concept in which originated in the arts and architecture and criticized aspects of modernism, such as distrust of theories and ideas and skepticism of the arts.
The definition of postmodernism is quite broad because it touches on many different things. Postmodernism is not easily defined. Defining Postmodernism even goes against postmodernism. A main concept of Postmodernism is that it has no boundaries and truths; because of this, defining Postmodernism becomes a contradiction to what it actually is. The struggle to define postmodernism says a lot about postmodernism. The following quote describes Suzy Gablik's observations about postmodernism. "Floating images ... maintain no relationship with anything at all, and meaning becomes detachable like the keys on a key ring." (S. Gablik) She describes that postmodernism is about disconnecting relationships with the past or any links that tie art with logic or theories. This is essentially postmodernism.
The following quote exemplifies that Postmodernism could partly be defined as innovation. Postmodernism is essentially against the idea of innovation but postmodernism was an innovation from modernism. "Indeed the concept of Postmodernism implies some theory of innovation, renovation, or simply change?" (39)
If the sentence states that there is no logical purpose to it this shows that the sentence is not innovative. Postmodernism demonstrates criticism and distaste towards technology and innovation. This sentence isn't innovative and that helps to demonstrate Postmodernism. Postmodernism was an innovation from Modernism, so you could say that the sentence could also demonstrate that it is innovative to say that it isn't logical when it is already known. "The Postmodern reply to the modern consists of recognizing that the past, since it cannot really be destroyed, because its destruction leads to silence, must be revisited: but with irony, not innocently." (44)
A main theory to Postmodernism is deconstruction. The sentence structures currently in use today were developed in the 1870's. Even though postmodernism illustrates rejection of innovation, it must be understood that sentence structure is an innovation. Proper sentence structure allows for cooperative communication. This sentence: "This sentence serves no logical purpose." Displays that although this statement is not innovative, the structure of the sentence itself is innovative. This exemplifies the major complexity of Postmodernism: it continually contradicts itself.
To continue to try and define Postmodernism it often helps to look at what it was innovated from: Modernism. Modernism as defined by Britannica Encyclopedia is, "in the arts, a radical break with the past and the concurrent search for new forms of expression." (Britannica.com)
The definition above only defines the art aspect of Modernism. Modernism concepts include: theories and ideas explain everything, unity of self and individualism, often trust in faith an investment in opinions, libraries as great source of information. Quite similar to Postmodernism, Modernism is broad to define. Postmodernism happened in spite of Modernism. Contrasting Modernism and Postmodernism helps to display the broad area of topics they both cover.
"This sentence serves no logical purpose" Is not easily depicted as a Postmodernist statement but after some picking through. There are certain ways that it can illustrate a Postmodernism statement. The sentence can be taken many different ways by different people, because of all of the different ways people would interpret one sentence it shows the fragmentation and disunity within Postmodernism. Another concept of Postmodernism is loss of centralized control. If the sentence, "this sentence serves no logical purpose." Causes different perspectives to rise then that will affect the unity. It will cause fragmentation and disunity.
When it all comes down to it, Postmodernism is too broad to define. The parameters are far too many. When looking to define Postmodernism it can be helpful to also look at Modernism and see why Postmodernism came about.
Modernism encouraged the re-examination of every aspect of existence, from commerce to philosophy, with the goal of finding that which was 'holding back' progress, and replacing it with new, progressive and therefore better, ways of reaching the same end.
"Postmodernism is a response, or as some say, an extension of modernism into contemporary times." (Daire)
Postmodernism will continue to puzzle and confuse people throughout the ages. If it can be kept in mind a couple of things: it is broad, it came after modernism came so Postmodernism is heavily influenced to the concept it is because of the Modernists.
Postmodernism will forever be an unsolved mystery.