PoMo Study notes 1
PoMo = Postmodernism - the Hip Slang version
So I have started to wade into the question: "what is postmodernism" and "how does postmodernist thought impact democratic institutions". Wanted to start by testing the water with only my big toe and was immediately sucked in over my head. But thus begins the first lesson - - - - -
I will begin by expressing a concern about my own objectivity. I have noticed that all of the links that I have explored so far express what seem to be uncomplimentary and negative opinions of postmodernism. (I will provide some of these links below so those interested can form their own opinions.) So the question arises; am I biasing my searches by the search terms I use? "What is postmodernism", "define postmodern" and "How understand postmodern" all seem like innocent enough queries but the search results seemed to be biased toward 'uncomplimentary assessments'. Why?
Postmodernism seems to be a philosophical framework that attempts to challenge the value of reason, logic. the Enlightenment and modernist thought including liberal democracy. It seems to be a nihilist philosophy that devalues all elements of western civilization. Postmodernism is having a profound impact on most aspects of western culture; art, architecture, literature and the social sciences including politics. At the the moment postmodernism seems to hold less sway in philosophy, science and engineering but assaults on these frontiers also seem to be emerging on the periphery.
Following are 3 videos that I have started to wade through to understand this thing called postmodernism. The first is by Steven Hicks who attemts to place postmodernism in a historical context: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhK6XOT3uAA&t=47s
The second is a delightful conversation between Jordan Peterson and Camille Paglia. I happen to adore commentaries by Camille Paglia even though I come from a much different portion of the political spectrum. This video was just fun to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-hIVnmUdXM&t=5s
Finally, this last video is a straight forward philosophy lecture on postmodernism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=we6cwmzhbBE&t=639s
Enough for now.