i no good with technology

jameson states that “not only are picasso and joyce no longer ugly; they now strike us, on the whole, as rather realistic.” in this he argues that, culturally, we are always reinventing ourselves where the ugly and profane become the genius and revolutionary, which becomes mimicked and diluted throughout society until we get to a point where it is the norm and what was once deemed to be ‘revolutionary’ is now deemed as classic and people become bored with the classics and want to create something new of their own.

this can easily be observed by looking at the smaller movements within the modernist movement: symbolists and realists developing out of angst against the romanticist, surrealist and imagists hoping to gain more depth, and cubist trying to think outside the box [pun intended], and dadaist reacting against basically everything.

the difference with postmodernism is the mindset of believing that everything has been done before and the false presumption that, for the first time, people have realized this. as a result, art has become a mere synthesis-such as the mcmansions mentioned by trish-something mass produced, or something without effort or thought but instead created to be seen as being an artist-such as painting an entire canvas one color.

the idea of mass-productions is one of the most noticeable differences between modernism and post-modernism. postmodernism is under the illusion that modernist art is ‘high culture’ art, though many of the sub-movements within modernism were actually against it. one way that this could be argued though, is that not everyone can buy a painting by dali or picasso, but any college kid can go into urban outfitters with their parent’s credit card and buy an andy warhol print. because of our ability to mass-produce-and artist’s knowledge of this as they produce-postmodernism has succeeded in becoming more mainstream and engrossed within the culture as a whole than earlier movements.


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    Professor Sample says:

    This idea of mass production as a critical difference between modernism and postmodernism is a good one. This is partly where I was trying to go with my Hoover Dam/iPod example in class. The Hoover Dam was the greatest achievement in technology at the time (1935), and it was something singular: astonishing, one of a kind, technologically sublime. The greatest achievement in technology in 2008 seems to be the iPod (or iPhone) — something mass-produced, mass-marketed, gleaming, shiny, and tiny. Apple’s greatest achievement, though, was not the product itself, but its marketing, and its assocation with coolness, individuality, and personal style.

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