Postmodernism

PoMo: Everybody’s doing it

The tag of postmodernism gets attached to buildings, art, food, even the way we communicate. Jay Merrick asks why we’re in thrall to something so shallow
Forty years ago, we lived "modern" lives. Ideas, emotions and actions seemed ordered, and part of a zeitgeist of confident restraint that originated in the science, mass-production, architecture and art of the 1930s.

Now we are profoundly immersed in the tortuous, commercially controlled currents of postmodern design and thought, and its weapons of mass psychic deconstruction. Has this made our lives richer in meaning, or just richly vacuous?

One summer afternoon in San Francisco in the early 1960s, I was rollerskating along a pavement in California Street when I heard a song booming from a loudspeaker somewhere behind me:

Here’s Little Oscar in his Wienermobile!

Beep! Beep!

Little Oscar! the world’s greatest chef!

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Beyond modern: Grace Jones in a maternity dress designed by Jean-Paul Goude and Antonio Lopez, 1979

Beyond modern: Grace Jones in a maternity dress designed by Jean-Paul Goude and Antonio Lopez, 1979

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