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Postmodern Organization Theory - Introduction As the theme of my essay I have chosen to find out what our contemporary society must not forget in order to be able to make organizational theory evolve well into the 21st century. For this task I have decided to take a look back to Aldous Huxley’s modern dystopia “Brave new world”, that warned against totalitarian regimes that intended to suppress individuality in order to advance the interest of the state in its time. Even as those regimes might not be a direct threat nowadays we can eerily conclude that some aspects of it are quite accurate for the times we live in....   [tags: Postmodern Management] 1460 words
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What is Postmodern Art? - Postmodernism is described as the phase of twentieth century Western culture that has been often defined as the visual culture produced in the period after modernism, though there has been much recent debate since the early 1980’s as to what the definition of Postmodernism could be. Postmodern art has always been difficult to define for various reasons which include what styles of art should be included in the movement, what is the exact artistic style of Postmodern art and the insufficiency to specify what exactly postmodernism is....   [tags: Postmodern Art Essays]
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Postmodern Film - The postmodern cinema emerged in the 80s and 90s as a powerfully creative force in Hollywood film-making, helping to form the historic convergence of technology, media culture and consumerism. Departing from the modernist cultural tradition grounded in the faith in historical progress, the norms of industrial society and the Enlightenment, the postmodern film is defined by its disjointed narratives, images of chaos, random violence, a dark view of the human state, death of the hero and the emphasis on technique over content....   [tags: cinema, postmodern cinema, narrative]
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A CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW IN A POSTMODERN CULTURE - I would like to explore one of the questions posed to us by Professor which is “How can we make the positive aspects of postmodernism work in our favor?” Or even more specifically, the positive and neutral elements of postmodernism, work in the favor of the Christian worldview and thought. We will start by first exploring the basic tenants of postmodernism and a brief history of where it has been and where it is currently, revealing multiple advantages for the Christian worldview in the engagement of a postmodern....   [tags: Religious Pluralism, Ideal Community]
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Christians Living in a Postmodern World - John: 8:32 “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (NRSV) In tying it all together and having navigated many different paths of “worldviews” my ability to think world-viewishly has been shaped in that I was challenged by countless interpretations as to what constitutes authentic truth/reality in a postmodern world. In my quest to analyze these issues and gain a distinct understanding as to why certain worldviews present truth and reality as that which is certain—however unproven, I was forced to change the lens by which I had previously viewed various worldviews in the past....   [tags: Postmodernism vs Christianity] 2039 words
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Lyotard and The Postmodern Condition - Jean-François Lyotard was a French philosopher and literary theorist. He was a key figure in the development of postmodernist philosophy. Beyond helping to define postmodernism, Lyotard also analyzed the effect of postmodernism on the human condition. The Postmodern Condition is one of Lyotard’s seminal works on the impact of postmodernism on the modern world. The focus of the work is the current transition of societies from an industrial to a postindustrial framework. How does this shift revise the means and methods of productions and the products created....   [tags: Jean-Francois Lyotard, Postmodernism Theory, Scien]
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The Church in the Postmodern World - The Pastor’s Role I must say that I learned a lot from this class both through the readings and through class discussion. I really, honestly do not have anything that I starkly disagreed with in either. I found it all to be very valuable information for me and this class was extremely helpful in assisting me to better understand the current paradigm shift the church is going through. There are three take-a-ways in particular that helped me to better understand the post modern shift in the church and my role as a minister in this changing paradigm....   [tags: Religion]
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Postmodern Theory: Critical Interrogations - “Postmodern” is a complicated term, and so are “postmodernity”, “postmodernism” and “postmodernist”, and every other term one might come across in the way of evolution. According to Andreas Saugstad (2001) different postmodern theorists may have contrasting opinions and thinkers from different areas may have contrasting definitions of the term “postmodern”. Thus, the postmodern debates influenced the cultural and intellectual scene in many areas throughout the world. These terms have been used in literature, social studies, philosophy, arts and architecture....   [tags: Evolution, Social Conditions]
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The Postmodern Picture Book - This assignment will begin by defining and looking at the history of the postmodern picture book. It will examine what defines these books and how it combines text, images, and paratext creating a story which has meaning for both adults and children. Analysing the picturebook ‘Voices in the Park’, by Anthony Browne will illustrate the use of text, images, and parody; also it is a good example of intertextuality and non-linear. It will use the postmodern picturebook ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak to analyse the basis for their appeal to different age groups, looking in particular at their design and use of space....   [tags: Literature]
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Handbook of Postmodern Lobotomy - Since Egaz Moni created lobotomy as invasive surgical technique to treat certain mental illnesses, rivers of ink have run for and against it. Originally, the new therapy was adopted heartily by those who wanted to get rid of headaches ... this is, other peoples, of course: Do I have a rebellious son or a daughter. Lobotomy. My niece is a bit frivolous, and my sister does not know what to do with her. Lobotomy. My wife is very jealous. Lobotomy. My mother-in-law tortures my life. Lobotomy. In the U.S., a country that always to adopt new everything (if work, it is good), it came as between 40,000 and 50,000 surgeries....   [tags: Sociology ]
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Modern vs. Postmodern Architecture - If modernism and postmodernism are arguably two most distinguishing movements that dominated the 20th century Western art, they are certainly most exceptional styles that dominated the global architecture during this period. While modernism sought to capture the images and sensibilities of the age, going beyond simple representation of the present and involving the artist’s critical examination of the principles of art itself, postmodernism developed as a reaction against modernist formalism, seen as elitist....   [tags: Architecture]
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Handbook of Postmodern Lobotomy - Since Egaz Moni created lobotomy as invasive surgical technique to treat certain mental illnesses, rivers of ink have run for and against it. Originally, the new therapy was adopted heartily by those who wanted to get rid of headaches ... this is, other people, of course: Do I have a rebellious son or a daughter. Lobotomy. My niece is a bit frivolous, and my sister does not know what to do with her. Lobotomy. My wife is very jealous. Lobotomy. My mother-in-law tortures my life. Lobotomy. In the U.S., a country that always to adopt new everything (if work, it is good), it came as between 40,000 and 50,000 surgeries....   [tags: Egaz Moni, Mental Illness] 1264 words
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Postmodern Art - Postmodern art decided to make revolutionary break with past and questioned previous theories known as “big narratives” of art, politics, economics and overall culture in order to create new theories. The big part of postmodern theory deals with the belief of preexistence of the art all around us. The artist is the one who can recognize these elements of art around as and synthesize them into the art work. This art work becomes object of interpretation which inevitably varies among different generations, social groups, national group, religious groups, and depends on some extent of the educational level of the observers and it is also different in the same individual in different times or en...   [tags: Art ]
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Postmodern artists Mike Parr and Stelarc - People usually expect to see paintings and sculptures in Art Galleries. Imagine the surprise one finds when they are presented with a man stitching his face into a bizarre caricature, or connected to a machine which controls the artist’s body. These shocking pieces of performance art come under the broad umbrella that is Postmodernism. Emphasis on meaning and shock value has replaced traditional skills and aesthetic values evident in the earlier Modernist movements. Like many other Postmodern artists, Mike Parr and Stelarc create confronting, shocking, bizarre artworks that provoke a gut reaction from their audience....   [tags: Postmodernism] 1051 words
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Postmodern Multicultural Society - The evolution of a postmodern multicultural society places a premium on increased understanding of issues surrounding culture and ethnic identity. Anthropology has traditionally defined culture as the sum total of artifacts (language, customs, tools/technology, institutions, etc.) that make up a human society. From a psychological perspective, it is useful to focus on the processes of symbolic communication that sanction the coherence of human societies and enable them to evolve such a variety of artifacts....   [tags: Anthropology, Culture, Gender Roles] 1765 words
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Postmodern Theme in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia - Arcadia by Tom Stoppard is written as a typically postmodern play, it explores this movement throughout the play with the use of features of postmodernism, and by its open ended ending. A few of the key features used during Arcadia which demonstrate the postmodern theme include: characters overlapping at the end, shifts in time from past to present, parallel characters during both eras, similar sets of props used during both eras, and the textual references. Its open ending and satirical style combine to make it a new, fresh play....   [tags: postmodernism, literary analysis, literary critici] 588 words
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A Postmodern Bore - A Postmodern Bore Imagine, if you will, a world where everyone was the same, where your neighbors had the same clothes as you did, the same kind of dog, and the same color house as you did. A world where everyone looked like everyone else, behaved the same, and thought the same. A world characterized by total and complete conformity through assimilation, incorporation, and deindividualization. A world where an elite cadre of individuals determined the very shape of reality itself. This world is held by many scholars to be typifying of one of the major aspects of Postmodernism....   [tags: Philosophy Papers] 3186 words
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Postmodern Anxiety & the Aesthetics of Destruction - Postmodern Anxiety & the Aesthetics of Destruction To borrow a term from the seminal postmodern scholarship of Ihab Hassan, we are living in a moment of indeterminacy. As linearity went the way of modernism, today's culture is one of interconnectivity, webs and networks. We privilege teamwork, democracy, easy and equal access to knowledge above all else. Aesthetics of art and the rhetoric of corporation (that is in turn borrowed from artistic practices) are changing as a result. Formalism has given way to more open creativity....   [tags: Aesthetics Information Essays]
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Postmodern Approach to Organizing Information - Postmodern Approach to Organizing Information: IMDb.com Database Library and information science literature has recently broached the idea of a postmodern approach to the profession. Although a unified theory has not developed, some common themes have arisen. A review of the recent literature presents the salient theoretical concepts of postmodernism in information environments. Next I examine how the Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com) embodies many postmodern attributes and attitudes towards the organization of information....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Postmodern Surrealism in Murakami's, Second Bakery Attack - Postmodern Surrealism in the Second Bakery Attack Since its establishment, surrealist media has been able to capture our attention with its abstract thought provoking nature. It began with literature and spread to all other forms of expression across the globe. Although it had gained such renown, it wasn’t until The Second Bakery Attack was released in a collection of short stories by Haruki Murakami that surrealist literature arrived in Japan. The Second Bakery Attack stood out above all other literary releases of its time, receiving universally positive reviews and revolutionizing the way Japan viewed literature....   [tags: literary analysis, literary criticism] 1898 words
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Literature - Postmodern Literary Criticism - Postmodern Literary Criticism   Postmodernism attempts to call into question or challenge the notion of a single absolute unified master narrative without simply replacing it with another. It is a paradoxical, recursive, and problematic method of critique.   It encourages transcendence through or in spite of limitation, while simultaneously decentering the concept of absolute transcendence. To this end, it encourages the development of a heightened sense of self in relation to itself and the world around it....   [tags: Literature Essays Literary Criticism]
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Postmodern Poetry - Confessional Poets - Postmodern Poetry - Confessional Poets With World War II finally over and a chapter in history written, the next chapter is about to begin. The twentieth century brings with it a new literary movement called postmodern, where poetry is "breaking from modernism" and taking on a whole new style Within postmodern poetry emerge confessional poets whom remove the mask that has masked poetry from previous generations and their writings become autobiographical in nature detailing their life's most intense personal experiences, therefore becoming the focus of their work....   [tags: essays research papers] 906 words
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Toward a Postmodern Theory of Law - Toward a Postmodern Theory of Law* ABSTRACT: Law at the end of the twentieth century is a practice based on legal-philosophical concepts such as the representational theory of truth, neutrality, universality, and legitimacy. The content of such concepts responds to the tradition of the western cultural paradigm. We share the experience of fragmentation in this cultural unanimity: we live in a world of heterogeneousness and multiplicity that upholds the claims of different concepts of the world and of life shared by dwellers in microspaces....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Essays]
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Judith Butler and Postmodern Feminism - Judith Butler and Postmodern Feminism What necessary tasks does Judith Butler identify for feminist criticism. How is her articulation of and response to these tasks characteristically "postmodern". "She has no identity except as a wife and mother. She does not know who she is herself. She waits all day for her husband to come home at night to make her feel alive." This sentiment "lay buried, unspoken, for many years, in the minds of American women", until "In 1960, the problem that has no name bust like a boil through the image of the happy American housewife." Betty Friedan coined the phrase `the problem that has no name' during the second wave of feminism in the 1960's....   [tags: Gender Studies]
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Christianity in a Postmodern World - Christian Belief in a Postmodern World: The Full Wealth of Conviction Others have tried to do what Diogenes Allen, Professor of Philosophy at Princeton Theological Seminary, does in his book but none with his breadth or effectiveness. That is, others have attempted to exploit for theism's benefit the hard times now befalling the modern world's emphasis on scientific reasoning and pure rationality, which for quite a while had placed Christianity (and religious belief in general) on the intellectual and cultural defensive....   [tags: essays research papers] 7696 words
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Postmodern Sociological Ideas - Postmodern Sociological Ideas This paper is an attempt to do something that is probably not a good idea. I am going to try and take the ideas of some of the most prominent postmodern Sociological thinkers and mesh them together in some sort of coherent format. The purpose of this paper is to provide a starting place for people interested in postmodern Sociological thought. There really is no one all-encompassing postmodern theory, or a group of like-minded postmodern theorists....   [tags: Papers] 3333 words
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Postmodern Aerobics - Postmodern Aerobics These days, I'm living life flat-out, literally and figuratively. I say literally since I'm lying face up in a back float right now, and figuratively since I'm in the final stretch of my coursework for a degree in literature. I come to the pool, though, even with exam deadlines looming over my head, or perhaps be-cause of them, since I need to feel all the gravity fall away, experience even for just a moment the feeling of weightlessness. From my vantage point in the pool, I can see the aerobics class hard at work in the plate-glass exercise room on the balcony above....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers] 952 words
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Postmodern Materialism And Subsemantic Cultural Theory - Postmodern materialism and subsemantic cultural theory 1. Structuralist rationalism and the subcapitalist paradigm of reality In the works of Gibson, a predominant concept is the concept of patriarchialist truth. The primary theme of the works of Gibson is not narrative, but neonarrative. But the closing/opening distinction prevalent in Gibson's Neuromancer is also evident in Idoru, although in a more mythopoetical sense. Lyotard's model of subdialectic Marxism suggests that the significance of the poet is significant form....   [tags: essays research papers] 569 words
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A Postmodern Take on a Hollywood Film Classic - A Postmodern Take on a Hollywood Film Classic The jacket blurb on Robert Coover’s creative compilation A Night at the Movies reads: “From Hollywood B-movies to Hollywood classics, A Night at the Movies invents what ‘might have happened’ in these Saturday afternoon matinees. Mad scientists, vampires, cowboys, dance-men, Chaplin, and Bogart, all flit across Robert Coover’s riotously funny screen, doing things and uttering lines that are as shocking to them as they are funny to the reader. As Coover’s Program announces, you will get Coming Attractions, The Weekly Serial, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, and more, but turned upside-down and inside-out.” It is perhaps more appropriate to call C...   [tags: Movies Papers]
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Education without Truth in Postmodern Perspectivism - Education without Truth in Postmodern Perspectivism Poststructuralist relativism, following the Nietzschean critique of Western rationalism, denounces the quest for truth as a quest to legitimize various claims on the level of universal human value, by covering up the indirect coercion of their discourse or imagery. Using perspectivism as an argument against philosophical grounding of various patterns and schemes, post-modern thinkers, under the influence of Poststructuralist relativism, try to depart from the cognitivist tradition by transforming philosophical thought to an edifying discipline (Rorty) or learning (Lyotard) liberated from a theory of knowledge, and giving into a discourse o...   [tags: Argumentative Linguistic Papers] 4006 words
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Videotape: Don DeLillo’s Illustration of Postmodernism - Don DeLillo’s ‘Videotape’ is a short story of man who is absolutely captivated by some footage on the news that can be described as both, raw and shocking. The footage is being repeatedly played over and over. It depicts a young girl with a camcorder travelling in the backseat of her family’s car who happens to be filming a man driving a Dodge behind them. She continues aiming the camera at the man and filming until, suddenly, he is shot and murdered. The man watching the tape at home is clearly mesmerized and fascinated with the footage to the extent that he was trying to get his wife to watch it with him....   [tags: Film, postmodern literature]
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Piazza d'Italia as an Example of Postmodern Architecture - Piazza d'Italia as an Example of Postmodern Architecture A public place incorporated into a larger commercial complex, the fountain of the Piazza d'Italia occupies a circular area off center of the development, which consists of buildings and open-air corridors planted with trees. The fountain is set on a ground of concentric circles in brick and masonry, and is composed of a raised contour relief of the boot of Italy and a construction of several staggered, interconnected facades following the lines of the circles....   [tags: Architecture History Essays] 1094 words
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Race, Ethnicity and Gender in Therapy - ... This would occur if the client begins to compare his or her life with those of others that are considered “higher” status than their own. If a client is in a middle socioeconomic status, he or she could look to the lower class and be content with where they are in life or look to the upper socioeconomic status and not be happy with where they are at in life. These two views of other classes could make the person feel sympathy for those lower than them or envious of those above them. A client in an upper socioeconomic status may view themselves as superior than the other classes....   [tags: psychology, postmodern approach]
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The Role of Postmodern Military Coup of 1997 on Transformation of Turkish Islamist Movement - INTRODUCTION Since the early days of the Turkish Republic, Islamist parties and groups positioned themselves against the values and institutions of the secular republic. Their stance against the secular state also defined their position against the west and modernization. For Islamists, the Kemalist state was in cooperation with the West and all the decisions made by the secular state against religion were inspired by the West. According to them, all the attempts to modernize and westernize the state specifically were aimed at undermining Islamic values....   [tags: History]
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Postmodern Criticism of Monty Python’s King Arthur Skit - Monty Python’s King Arthur skit is full of structuralism dogma breaking moments. This analysis focuses on the first scene of the movie. The scene utilizes pre-conceived notions of movie structure, the publics’ awareness about leaders and prominent figures and the acknowledgement of the existence of life among cast extras to create a satirical adaptation of King Arthur’s quest for the Holy Grail. As the scene begins we hear the hooves of a horse coming from beyond the mist around the castle. The viewer, exposed to several scenes that reflect this setting in previous movies, expects to see someone riding a horse about to emerge, instead it is King Arthur and his servant that appear; both lacki...   [tags: Movies, Films] 774 words
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Enormous Changes at the Last Minute: Postmodern Humanism - "Enormous Changes at the Last Minute:" Postmodern Humanism in the Short Fiction of Grace Paley(1) On the jacket of her second book of short stories, Enormous Changes at the Last Minute, Grace Paley, a feminist, postmodernist, antiwar activist, and writer, identifies herself as a "somewhat combative pacifist and cooperative anarchist." In 1979, she was arrested on the White House lawn for demonstrating against nuclear weapons, and her résumé is full of such protest-related arrests. Paley's statement in a 1998 interview with the online magazine Salon is typical: "Whatever your calling is, whether it's as a plumber or an artist, you have to make sure there's a little more justice in the wo...   [tags: Grace Paley Enormous Last Minute Essays]
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A Postmodern Tendancy in Their Eyes Were Watching God - A Postmodern Tendancy in Their Eyes Were Watching God        ...Zora Neale Hurston lacks [any] excuse. The sensory sweep of her novel carries no theme, no message, no thought. In the main, her novel is not addressed to the Negro, but to a white audience whose chauvinistic tastes she knows how to satisfy. She exploits the phase of Negro life which is "quaint," the phase which evokes a piteous smile on the lips of the "superior" race. -- from "Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937)," a review by Richard Wright     An unfortunate side effect of the postmodern tendency is often reactions like the above....   [tags: Their Eyes Were Watching God Essays]
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A Postmodern Cultural Perspective in Lolita and A Streetcar Named Desire - A Postmodern Cultural Perspective in Lolita and A Streetcar Named Desire Postmodernism has emerged as a reaction to modernism thoughts and "well-established modernist systems". (Wikipedia, 2005) Specific to Nabokov's Lolita and Williams' Streetcar Named Desire is the idea that both of the novels are written under the view of postmodernism as a cultural movement and that they are broadly defined as the condition of Western society especially after World War II (period in which the novel were written; 1947 for Streetcar and 1955 for Lolita)....   [tags: Compare Contrast Lolita Streetcar Desire] 1252 words
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Postmodern Perspective on Health versus the Biomedical Model - Postmodern Perspective on Health versus the Biomedical Model I have chosen to compare the postmodern perspective on health and the biomedical model. The biomedical model view of the body is mechanistic. This point was argued by Engels, who said that the body was a machine and the breakdown of this machine was disease. he also beleived that the the doctor was the only one who could fix the machine. this point leads to many biomedical views. Firstly, it shows the way that doctors view the body as a set of individual parts, diagnose and treat them as such....   [tags: Papers] 609 words
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Visual Media, Allegorical Consciousness, and Postmodern Culture - Visual Media, Allegorical Consciousness, and Postmodern Culture I think many of us would agree that we are living in an era of transition: generally, from one phase of modernity to another; more specifically, it is harder to say. Let's ask ourselves for a moment how this sense of change might guide the rhetorical study of visual media. Of the many possible answers to this question, there are two I want to put on the table. The first consideration is that the study of visual media is likely to be occurring at all, or in a particular form, because our society now is moving beyond those media to other communication technologies....   [tags: Visual Media Technology Essays] 1653 words
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Postmodernism in Heaney's Poems Bogland and Tollund Man - Abstract This research takes a postmodern approach to Seamus Heaney's two poems: Bogland and The Tollund Man. The evidences in the research bring illuminations to the significant issues of postmodern concept. Heaney's poetry was studied in myth, politics and revolutionary movement in the area of Irish classical poetry. Recently, his poems are considered as postmodern. To answer that how much his poems are traditional, modern or postmodern is the aim of this project. Key Words: postmodernism, myth, imagery, technique, poetry, deadly, violence, corpse, bog, imagination, freedom....   [tags: Seamus Heaney Poetry Postmodern]
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Postmodernity as the Climax of Modernity: Horizons of the Cultural Future - Postmodernity as the Climax of Modernity: Horizons of the Cultural Future ABSTRACT: Given that any society is endowed not only with a set of institutions but also with the particular pattern of self-reflection and self-description, postmodernity should be viewed as an epoch representing the climax of modernity and its self-refutation. Parting with traditional society, modernity represents the triumph of power-knowledge, the divorce between spheres of culture, the global social relations, the new institutions, the change in the understanding of space-time relations, the cult of the new, and the modernization process....   [tags: Culture Modern Postmodern Essays]
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Undecidability in Becket's The Endgame - This paper aims to study postmodern element of undecidability in Samuel Becket's Endgame. As Butler and Davis holds, "What is different about Becket is not that he provokes a critical response ... but the protean, open-ended, 'undecidable' and inexhaustible quality of the challenge he offers" (168). Endgame like Becket's other plays is in a way that, as Wittgenstein notes, is nothing more than "language play" between characters and although there are some minor actions there are not in such a way to affect the play, moreover it is their vague utterances that make the play undecidable for the reader to make out what is happening....   [tags: Samuel Becket Postmodern]
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Classical Greek Philosophical Paideia in Light of the Postmodern Occidentalism of Jacques Derrida - Classical Greek Philosophical Paideia in Light of the Postmodern Occidentalism of Jacques Derrida ABSTRACT: In his writings during the 60s and 70s, Derrida situates his doctrine of différance in the context of a radical critique of the Western philosophical tradition. This critique rests on a scathing criticism of the tradition as logocentric/phallogocentric. Often speaking in a postured, Übermenschean manner, Derrida claimed that his 'new' aporetic philosophy of différance would help bring about the clôture of the Western legacy of logocentrism and phallogocentrism....   [tags: Philosophy] 3506 words
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The Aesthetic, the Postmodern and the Ugly: The Rustle of Language in William S. Burroughs’ The Soft Machine and The Ticket That Exploded - The Aesthetic, the Postmodern and the Ugly: The Rustle of Language in William S. Burroughs’ The Soft Machine and The Ticket That Exploded Ugliness is everywhere. It is on the sidewalks—the black tar phlegm of old flattened bubblegum—squashed beneath the scraped soles of suited foot soldiers on salary. It is in the straddled stares of stubborn strangers. It is in the cancer-coated clouds that gloss the sweet-tooth sky of the Los Angeles Basin with bathtub scum sunsets rosier than any Homer finger-painted dawn....   [tags: Essays Papeers]
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Postmodernism: The Movement in Life - Although the postmodern movement was not started in America, its many effects have influenced the culture of this nation. Postmodernism took America from a place where it held strong values of right and wrong, to a place where any idea has been given validity and merit. By presenting new world views, postmodernism has affected American literature, for both the writer and the reader, and American culture on a vast scale. Explaining postmodernism is very challenging because it does not have a real meaning other than “after modernism” (Merriam-Webster)....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Philosophy of Postmodernism - The philosophy of postmodernism supported the feeling of variety and uniqueness with all architecture. Beginning in the 1960's and lasting through today, the postmodern movement took root as a response to modernist design. This movement began in America and then spread internationally across the globe. Postmodernism, concerns the symbolism, ornament, technology and the relation of existing and past cultures. Postmodern designers tend to reject the functional, minimal use of materials and lack of embellishment adopted by modernist designers....   [tags: buildings, architecture, art]
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Postmodernism: An Art Style - Postmodernism is a style of art that first became popular in the late 20th century. When seeing the word postmodernism, it might have to do with any one medium of art-- literature, philosophy, history, economics, architecture, fiction, and literary criticism. Lyotard, a founder of postmodernism in philosophy, is quoted as saying, “Simplifying to the extreme, I define the postmodern as incredulity toward metanarratives.” By saying this, Lyotard simply meant that, as a postmodernist, he was against the ways of thinking of modernists and wanted to see something new philosophically and artistically....   [tags: literature, philosophy, history]
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Analysis of Neuromancer by William Gibson - Analysis of Neuromancer by William Gibson       William Gibson's Neuromancer sets tone 'postmodern science fiction' or 'cyberpunk science fiction.'  According to the author of "Science Fiction and the Postmodern," John R. R. Christie, postmodern requires that humans take the associations of everyday life and transform them into something different (39).Sarah also claims that Neuromancer follows the cyberpunk category.Unlike other science fiction books that we read in this class, Gibson's story takes place everywhere in this planet, starting from Chiba in Japan, Istanbul, Paris and Vancouver in Canada.  These familiar settings make Gibson's story more understandable and believ...   [tags: Neuromancer Essays] 436 words
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