Presentation on theme: "Do We Live in a Postmodern Society? Part II"— Presentation transcript:
1 Do We Live in a Postmodern Society? Part II What makes this PoMo?Serious people (Elite culture) made to seem frivolous (Pop culture)PlayfulTaking from other historical periodsLecture by Dr Christopher Kollmeyer
2 Outline for Lecture Key Question: Do we live in a postmodern society? If so, it began around late 1960s and early 1970s.Possible Realms where Postmodernism ManifestsTime, Space, and Social RelationsArts, Pop Culture, and AestheticsEpistemologySocietal StructuresEconomyPoliticsGeo-political affairsFirst, what is modernity?Historical period beginning in the 1700s in Western Europe.Resulted in massive social changeSpread unevenly across the world’s societies.
3 The De-linking of Time and Space The World Seems SmallerTime-Space Compression is UnevenHumans experience geographic distance thru Timethis relationship is not constantDepends on available technologyTwo Main Points:Geography has become much less of a barrier to the organization of human activities.Example: Aberdeen to LondonSailing ship (several days)Airplane (one hour)Internet (instant!)2. But this process varies depending on which technologies are available.
4 Social Consequences of the Separation of Time and Space 1. Human activity and culture can be ‘dis-embedded’ from its local context.2. Humans become inter-connected across much great geographic distances:3. Declining stability and continuity in one’s social environment.Ontological Insecurity:Source: Anthony Giddens The Consequences of Modernity.
5 Cultural Hybridity: Radically Different Ontological Worlds Collide Fast Food in Traditional Middle Eastern SocietyThe Burka in LondonPepsi and the BurkaHip-Hop in the Amazon Juggle
6 PoMo in Fine Arts and Pop Culture: Symbols become De-linked from Reality SignifiedSignifierDiscuss PoMo in the Arts and popular cultureSymbol representing a manAn actual man
8 PoMo Music Video: De-linking Lyrics and Images Coldplay ‘The Hardest Part’
9 Postmodern Epistemology Modernity: (The Grand Narrative)Scientific knowledge human progress standardization of human life.Postmodernity (The Death of the Grand Narrative)Reason and scientific knowledge have limitsOther ways of knowingFuture doesn’t equal progressMultiplicity of social outcomes, not uniformity
10 Social Change in the Late 20th Century TechnologyMechanical InformationalEconomyNational & industrial Global & de-industrialService sector now dominatesPoliticsClass culture and identityGeo-political AffairsWestern Hegemony Multi-polar worldRise of non-Western powers