Monday, February 4, 2008

what comes next

"Postmodernism, like modernism and romanticism before it, fetishised [ie placed supreme importance on] the author, even when the author chose to indict or pretended to abolish him or herself. But the culture we have now fetishises the recipient of the text to the degree that they become a partial or whole author of it. Optimists may see this as the democratisation of culture; pessimists will point to the excruciating banality and vacuity of the cultural products thereby generated (at least so far)."

alan kirby, "Death of Postmodernism and Beyond"

i think things will happen so quickly now, everything changes so fast, fads are in and out faster than a virgin boy that it doesn't really make sense to argue these points any more. the avante guard will never be able to exist again because the ideologies they protest will continue to shift at an ever faster rate. what comes next is something more genuine, to oneself and one's potential... i think our generation yearns for that. growing up in a world where everything meant nothing and something all at once, i think we want integrity to grab us and hold on. we want to believe in something, but the past has proved that the grand narrative will not provide the escape we need and the integrity we seek. postmodernism showed that anything could be possible with the right twist, and in this world of endless possibilities, it seems now more than ever being true to the voices in our heads is the best direction we can take, not for the sake of one's ego or celebrity or riches or material wealth, but because we genuinely could not see our lives any other way.