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An abstract idea or paradigm that is supposed to be a comprehensive explanation of experience, knowledge, or the world. Postmodernism is skeptical towards master narratives and universal truths.
Ex. Christianity, psychoanalysis, democracy
Central Tenets of Postmodernism
Reality is not whole or built upon any absolute, permanent, or definable truth.
Reality can only be understood through our interpretations of what the world means to us.
There is no master narrative.
An artistic work made up of selections or quotations from many other different artworks, styles, periods, or places.
A "hodge-podge" or "mixture."
A condition of the world marked by the breakdown of meanings, distinctions, continuity, and boundaries.
Historical authenticity, historical actuality
The Postmodern Past
The historical past has been transformed into a series of simulacrum or emptied-out stylizations that can then be replicated, commoditized, and consumed
Waning of Affect
An intensity tied to a culture of images/representations that elicit emotions/sensations but provide no sense of authenticity, based in reality of history
Omni-present New Technology
New technology concerned with reproduction/informational exchange rather than the industrial production of goods
Signs and Symbols
We interpret the meaning of the world and ourselves through representations (images or cultural artifacts
The plurality of different voices, ideas, and viewpoints that allow us to constantly reinterpret ourselves and the world
Schizophrenia/Death of the Subject
Subjectivity is conceived as something unstable and changing rather than transcendental or constant.
No one is unique any longer, can only reference dead styles.
Likeness or similarity, distorted copy of reality, a representation of the past that has become truthful in its own right (a hyper-reality), bears no relation to any historical reality whatsoever
Ex. The Informers
A passionate interest in cinema, film history and film criticism
Demand for recognition on the basis of the very grounds on which recognition has previously been denied.
A demand for respect for and representation of oneself as different.
Global Film Market
An alarming and pathological symptom of a society that has become incapable
of dealing with time and history.
Rose-colored presentation of history.
The Aesthetics of a Consumer Society
Postmodernism's formal features in many ways express the deeper logic of a capitalist society.
Disappearance of a sense of history, the way in which our entire contemporary social system has little by little begun to lose its capacity to retain its own past, has begun to live in a perpetual present
and in a perpetual change that obliterates traditions of the kind which all earlier social
information have had, in one way or another, to preserve.
The transformation of reality into images.
The fragmentation of time into a series of perpetual presents.
Differentiated product (through emphasis on style within the film and integration with marketing and merchandising) within the mainstream film industry.
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