Saturday, January 13, 2007

garrrrhhhh!!! who the fyukh ever came up with that term post-modern/post-modernism?
garrrrhhhh!!! why the fyukh did he ever do that for it to be perverted so?
garrrrhhhh!!! what the fyukh does the term post-modern/post-modernism mean?
garrrrhhhh!!! why the fyukh do people use the word post-modern and all its various permutations and combinations to describe everything from books and music to comic strips and las vegas strippers?
i hate. Yes hate. Hate. Hate. Hate. Hate the word "post-modern" even though I have no fyukhin’ clue what the hell it means. Or what it’s supposed to mean. Contexts notwithstanding. Because none of the times when it has been used in various conversations has it made sense to me. Because none of the people who used it in the abovementioned conversations have been able to tell me what it means and most not even what they want it to mean. There are a couple of guys who made an honest attempt (you know who you are!), but I still didn’t get it cos we kept going around in confused circles. I guess I’m just dumb. All apologies.

All one knows is that if you wanna look cool and hip and intelligent (or sound intelligent at least) and be considered ‘an intellect’ please pepper your conversations with words like ‘post-modern’ ‘post-modernism’ ‘post-modernist’, etc. etc. no matter what you’re talking about.
*spleen alert!* Almost running out of spleen to vent. And with the last reserves of venom I give you this : PoMo - the amazing Postmodernism Generator!!!! (do you know somebody who speaks like this? Sure you do.)
Reading which, kind of reminds one of a post on theBekku not so long ago.
So this post’s last quota of spleen goes into directing you to the Revenge of Natives.


Anonymous said... Unabridged (v 1.1) -
post·mod·ern /poʊstˈmɒdərn/ –adjective

1.noting or pertaining to architecture of the late 20th century, appearing in the 1960s, that consciously uses complex forms, fantasy, and allusions to historic styles, in contrast to the austere forms and emphasis on utility of standard modern architecture.
2.extremely modern; cutting-edge: postmodern kids who grew up on MTV.
[Origin: 1945–50; post- + modern]

American Heritage Dictionary
post·mod·ern (pōst-mŏd'ərn)

Of or relating to art, architecture, or literature that reacts against earlier modernist principles, as by reintroducing traditional or classical elements of style or by carrying modernist styles or practices to extremes: "It [a roadhouse]is so architecturally interesting . . . with its postmodern wooden booths and sculptural clock" (Ruth Reichl).

post·mod'ern·ism n., post·mod'ern·ist adj. & n.

Further suggested reading:

Shenoy said...

The inside of the bar looks [the new Moe’s] kind of like an alien headquarters, too. The old dank and dark look has been swept away in favour of new, bright colour palette. There's a large bubbling water sculpture by one wall. Flat-screen monitors hang on the walls and from strategic spots on the ceiling. They show a repeating loop of an eyeball blinking and looking around. Pop music plays from a hidden sound system, and some of the bar-goers can dance on the spacious floor.
Moe: Welcome to "m," hah? Heh, heh. So, what do you think of the new joint?
Lenny: Wow, this place looks like it's from the not-too-distant future.
Moe: Yeah. You like it, Homer?
Homer: [looking at live rabbits wiggling in harnesses suspended from the ceiling] Um, the rabbits are cute.
Lenny: Eh, that one ain't moving. [points to a still rabbit]
Moe: [snaps, summoning an aide] Uh, change number 7.
Carl: I don't get all this eyeball stuff. Uh, what are they supposed to represent? Uh, eyeballs?
Moe: It's po-mo! [blank stares from all] Post-modern! [more staring] Yeah, all right -- weird for the sake of weird.
Guys: Oooh!

And that’s the definition I’d like to go by. And as for you taking the effort, dear anony-mouse I’d like to say “thanks, for I now understand the words that are strung together in the definition(s) of post-modern, but it’s a little too self-referential for my taste …” and yes I would also like to say “Ooooh!” to all those fine words you got there. But seriously dude, thanks for the post-modern enlightenment.

Jubin George said...

Wow! A post-modern post! So postmodern that it's postmodern from both sides :)

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