Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Postmodern Workshop Part 2

Yesterday I said that I was going to run us through some of the thoughts on postmodernism that I have and our group had this past weekend. Before I get into the bread and butter of the conversation I want to share with you two pieces that I shared with the group before we began our discussion. The first is the first track off of the new Blindside Album. The title is the Great Depression. Here it is:

"We are the sons and daughters of a revolution. Revolutionaries walking us out of oppression and into a mobile promised land, and this leaves us with this great sense of sadness growing inside our souls. No one can explain where its coming from or where its taking us. We just know that something is lost, that somewhere we are lost...lost, and this my friend is the great depression."

The second is a line from the social commentary film Fight Club. Tyler Durden says this:

"We are the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no great war, no Great Depression. Our great war is a spiritual war. Our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires and movie gods and rock stars, but we won't and we are slowly learning that fact. And we are very...very...[angry]."

Using these two quotes helped us to frame our conversation. If someone were to ask me, "What is your definition of Post Modernism?" I would point them to the piece by Blindisde. Particularly the second sentence.

Explanation: We have chosen to leave behind the "death" offered by modernity, but that makes us eternally sad because we were comfortable with what we knew about modernity. Knowledge made us feel comfortable. It made sense to us even if we knew that ultimately it would lead to death. Now we are mobile...Searching for our new "Promise Land" to settle and live in. Just as Tyler Durden says, "we are the middle children of history," we really don't have something that defines who we are. We feel that we have been lied to our whole lives and that makes us "very"..."very"...[angry].

The objective now is to get past that anger and search out truth.

That's what we will talk about next time. Truth, Knowledge, and Absolutes. Should be fun.


Why is angry in brackets?

You aren't your [stupid]khakis...

I'm guessing he didn't say angry, but I honestly don't remember it specifically from the movie. I need to watch that scene. I took the quote from somewhere else and am assuming that they censored it for the magazine.
Its not everything else. Sorry Adam, I really am trying.
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