Postmodernism seems to mean everything, anything, and nothing. Postmodernism is whatever the reader wants it to be. "The postmodern author tends to blur genres, stealing from all over," writes David Lehman in his essay "The Questions of Postmodernism". It is personal conception and explanation that relies on opinions rather than facts, and rejects the scientific method and truth. They believe that facts are too limiting to establish anything. They believe there is no absolute truth, but rather that truth is an illusion. That truth is distorted by people and groups to gain power over others. The phrase "this sentence serves no logical purpose" illustrates postmodernism in three very unique ways.
The first way is through the marginalized. To be marginalized is to be denied a degree of power, whether it be individually, communally, and global. Many paths of postmodernism are directed by the need to do justice to those who have been banned politically, economically, and rhetorically from the dominant culture. The marginalized have directed the attention of postmodernists towards a doubt about knowledge, truth, and reason. Modernity tries to argue that truth is valid, but they have discovered that behind every claim is a story. A story the benefits specific groups and refuses others. The marginalized opened up doors that brought on skepticism of truth that made postmodernists believe that there was no logical purpose to it.
Skepticism of truth is the next way that illustrates postmodernism. As stated previously postmodernists believe there is no absolute truth. They believe that people and groups misuse truth to gain control over others in society. They also believe that truth and error are the same. Postmodernists say that fact is too restrictive. What is fact today could be false tomorrow, so they rely heavily on opinion. They reject conventional logic, objectivity, and the scientific method. To postmodernists, humans should create their own truths. People should recognize that their views come from influences and what they have perceived and heard. Sense and reasoning alone do not give humans a solid basis for declaring that something is true.
The final way postmodernism is illustrated is through consumer capitalism. This gives consumers a number of options and choices. The commonness of choice has delivered everything. Everything is level in this situation. Postmodernism has brought new ideas of consumption. A postmodern comic showed two men looking at a simple hat through a window and the price was $25,000 and one man said "the price must be in the creativity". Postmodernism takes things that are so simple and turns them into something so big. In this new era the concept of small is non-existent. Where is the truth in this new era? Everything is open to the consumer in this new era. Marginalization and consumer consumption have nothing to do with each other, other than the skepticism of truth.
Each of these characteristics illustrates postmodernism in their own way. Marginalization lead to skepticism of truth, which postmodernists believe has no logical purpose. Skepticism of truth says that facts are limiting and that the people create their own truth. They rely heavily on opinion which is what each person's definition of truth is, opinion. Consumer capitalism creates this new era that nothing needs to make sense, it is what it is. "This sentence serves no logical purpose" illustrates postmodernism through these three ways, skepticism, marginalization, and consumer capitalization.
Postmodernism means everything, nothing, and anything. The term "postmodern" means different genres, eras, and ideas and blending them together to create something that has never been done before. The three characteristics define postmodernism. People today are living in a new era. Through architecture and art, although it may not have some sort of symbolic meaning or logical reason to exist. Architecture claiming to be postmodern normally seems to come from a rather ungrateful response to the overly proper and tasteless modernist movement, being that it is much more elaborate, expressive and often times serves no "logical" purpose. "This sentence serves no logical purpose", it has no logical reason to exist. It defies the reader's expectations. It is also ironic because it illustrates postmodernism. Postmodernism in every sense serves no "logical" purpose. Postmodernism is whatever the reader wants it to be.
This reader thinks postmodernism brings new ideas to the table. This reader doesn't consider herself postmodern at least not yet. Traditional values are still instilled in this reader. One day postmodernism will be the "way of life". People will believe in new era religion, that truth is opinion, and that nothing, everything, and anything serves no logical purpose.