Saturday, 25 February 2012
“The postmodern condition is on the whole a striking departure from the modern project and a salutary response to the crisis of modernity. But it is still a deeply ambiguous constellation that may be resolved in two very different ways. One, which is the direct descendant of modern technology and is much more prominent at the surface of recent developments, I call hypermodernism. It is devoted to the design of a technologically sophisticated and glamorously unreal universe, distinguished by its hyperreality, hyperactivity, and hyperintelligence. Hypermodernism derives much of its energy from its supposed alternative, a sullen resignation to the decline of the modern era, a sullenness that is palpable, particularly in this country. There is, however, a way of life beyond sullenness and hyperactivity. It is a recovery of the world of eloquent things, a recovery that accepts the postmodern critique and realizes postmodern aspirations. I call this recovery postmodern realism and point up its emerging characteristics - focal realism, patient vigor, and communal celebration.” - Borgmann, A., 1993. Crossing the Postmodern Divide, University Of Chicago Press., p. 5.