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on 21 April 2011
I'm still not sure if postmodernism is a social condition, a cultural experience, or an abstract idea. It's possibly all three. Perhaps it's something else. But let's not worry about that right now.
What I do know, for sure, is this introductory book packs one hell of a punch: it's just full of eye-opening, thought-provoking ideas, all, thankfully, concisely and cogently expressed. This stuff's intellectual heroin; it may well blow your mind. Don't say you haven't been warned.
Really, if you`ve ever had the feeling (however dimly) that we're living in "new times" (epochal change "new times") - that is, consciousness, culture, and the organisation of society are not what they used to be - then this is likely to be the "postmodern condition" you've encountered. Further, if you, like me, have a mind that's just a bit relativistic, then you may well be a natural to all this. You've got the gene, as they say. Congratulations. This book's the baby, then; it'll give your thoughts some definition, a home.
If you're interested in learning about essentialism, anti-essentialism, deconstruction, discourse, post-structuralism, hyper-reality, incommensurability, language games, semiotics, death of the author, post-humanism, metaphysics of presence, social constructivism, sexualities, cyberpunk, cyberfeminism, incredulity towards metanarratives, society as spectacle, "high" and "low" culture, Madonna's multiple identity, death of the real, intertextuality, knowingness, the anthropology of non-places, micro-political subversion, centrisms, Warhol's hybridity, boundary blurring, the poetics of place, bricolage, simulation, AND A WHOLE LOT MORE, then this wide-ranging book's for you. Most definitely.
Honestly, a thoroughly outstanding starting point. I can't praise it enough.
Well done, Mr Ward. (Someone, please, give the teacher an apple.)