Query, post-postmodernism, blogging

Update: Continuing on the theme of authenticity, I’m going to update a few old posts that started to angle towards that concept. Certainly with the broken mirrors of hijacked sense of self that Society of the Spectacle (Debord) talked about at some great length, the notion of clarifying one’s ‘true self’ is kind of looking for a needle in a haystack but, and this is key, the truth is, the needle isn’t in the haystack; it’s in the palm of your hand–my personal opinion, here, and more to share in S P A C E [$]. Anyway, this whole thinking about how we set it up to look and notice is the very reason why I got into brand identity design, here at DK, by the way. People can use some guidance along that trip. You can listen to Jiddu Krishnamurthi’s lectures if you want to hear someone talk about that more articulately than me. They’re amazing.


More esoteric than usual, I had posted this in 2021’s summer season, wondering if we were ever going to get ‘past’ the pandemic. It’s kind of clear that we aren’t, now, but it’s a matter of adjusting as we go. With brand identity design and platforms for our messages, we also have to consider how the circumstances around us shape how we share, what we determine is the ‘right’ set of snippets to post or link to or what have you. (For me, today, for example, re-posting this bit of note-taking I’d done, about post-postmoderism, back at that time, feels like a good idea. For now. Just a gut feeling.)

Some of you may wonder, ‘What the.’ Others may say, ‘Yes.’ I’m writing these posts for the second set of us. Thanks for reading. See you in S P A C E. (Read more and find out what’s coming up, at the crowdfunding page for #spacethezine.)

What is post-postmodernism?

Wikipedia says post-Postmodernism is a general term used to describe new developments emerging from postmodernism. A similar term is metamodernism. Put less simply, post-postmodernism is a wide-ranging set of developments in critical theory, philosophy, architecture, art, literature, and culture which are emerging from and reacting to postmodernism… Advances such as the internet have changed the way we live, making the world a smaller place but also making communication and interaction with things around us less intimate. Post-Postmodernism takes this as a key reason why a return to sincerity and authentic expression is the way forward for the 21st Century. Post-postmodernism is a very new idea that is still forming. There are many different ideas about how post-postmodernism could evolve and shape culture.

‘The search for authenticity’

Wikipedia again: ‘Like all eras, modernism encompasses many competing individual directions and is impossible to define as a discrete unity or totality. However, its chief general characteristics are often thought to include an emphasis on “radical aesthetics, technical experimentation, spatial or rhythmic, rather than chronological form, [and] self-conscious reflexiveness” as well as the search for authenticity in human relations, abstraction in art, and utopian striving. These characteristics are normally lacking in postmodernism or are treated as objects of irony… Since the late 1990s there has been a small but growing feeling both in popular culture and in academia that postmodernism “has gone out of fashion.’

‘A common theme… to define post-postmodernism is emerging as one where faith, trust, dialogue, performance, and sincerity can work to transcend postmodern irony.’

‘In his 2006 paper The Death of Postmodernism and Beyond, British scholar Alan Kirby formulated a socio-cultural assessment of post-postmodernism that he calls “pseudo-modernism”. Kirby associates pseudo-modernism with the triteness and shallowness resulting from the instantaneous, direct, and superficial participation in culture made possible by the internet, mobile phones, interactive television and similar means. “In pseudo-modernism one phones, clicks, presses, surfs, chooses, moves, downloads.”‘

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