Okay, so I’ve talked quite a lot about postmodernism already (more than any other theory in fact). This is most likely because that there are so many examples of postmodernism on Tumblr, let alone the internet. You’re never short of a pastiche or two. But, as we round the corner to the end of the assignment part of my blog, I thought it would be a good idea to sum up everything we’ve learned. Or at least hope we’ve learned in some simple bullet points. So let’s prepare to put the postmodernism in it’s box, but let it go out with one last hurrah.
What is Postmodernism? - Postmodernism is many things. It is a comment on Modernism and the world we now live in. This can take the form of a tale set in the future and comment on our overreliance on machines for example.
The main traits of Postmodernism
Hyper-reality - Believing that there is a reality beyond the real, another plain which is superior to the one before.
Pastiche - An exercise in pop culture. Mixing together two or more things to create a comment on society. Examples can be seen throughout this blog.
Bricolage - The combination of key elements to make a work of art.
Further Reading - Good Postmodern Films and TV
Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982) - This film about a dystopian future creates comments about the society of the time. Questions about consumerism and identity, as well as the postmodern staple, our reliance on machines.
I, Robot (Alex Proyas, 2004) - Film adaptation of Issac Assimov’s tale of robots turning against their human masters. This is postmodernism at it’s core.
Scott Pilgrim Vs The World (Edgar Wright, 2010) - This film uses pastiche and parody of video game culture all wrapped up in a rather flashy visual package.
Shakespeare in Love (John Madden, 1998) - A re-writing of how Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet. This is a pastiche of the plays of Shakespeare.
Inglorious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009) - An alternate history, where a group of men are sent to kill Hitler during WWII and succeed. Postmodernism is largely about What If scenarios and this film is a good example of that.
Black Mirror (Charlie Brooker, C4, 2011) A trio of postmodern tales all based on our ‘collective unease about our modern world’. All three episodes are self contained stories and are all worth watching (more than once).
My Opinion on Postmodernism (The Short Version) - I have explained my opinion on postmodernism before in many ranting paragraphs, but let’s sum it up.
I think postmodernism is a label we are all to willing to slap on. Can everything be called postmodern. Well it certainly feels like that.
I think postmodernism as a theory is very interesting. But it loses some of it’s effect when there are so many things being called postmodern.
My Blog - Further Reading on Postmodernism
- This Post is Modern. It is a PostModern.
- We Need to Talk About Furby - Can Anything Be PostModern?
- Film and Real Life - Is PostModernism Crafting The Future?
- Black Mirror’s ‘15 Million Merits’ - A PostModern Masterpiece?