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The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge (1979)

by Jean-Francois Lyotard

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pretty easy to understand, just not very good. ( )
  Urbandale | Jun 8, 2014 |
Romanian version
  athaulf | Feb 7, 2014 |
Many definitions of postmodernism focus on its nature as the aftermath of the modern industrial age when technology developed. This book extends that analysis to postmodernism by looking at the status of science, technology, and the arts, the significance of technocracy, and the way the flow of information is controlled in the Western world.
  RKC-Drama | Mar 24, 2011 |
A short, oddly readable work in which Lyotard argues that the twentieth century has seen an upswing in cynicism that rejects societal ideologies or metanarratives. Postmodernism is a rejection of the notion of universal truths, as there is no "view from nowhere" and every speaker has a bias imprinted upon his or her speech and viewpoints. With this realization comes the breakdown of the "grand narrative" of Western thought.

Oddly, writing this in the 1970s, Lyotard champions the computer as an answer against the potential for nihilism that arises out of postmodernism. It allows for knowledge that is both accessible and decentralized, to allow for local dialogues and a broader range of ideas without imposing the same universal Truth upon discussions by affirming only a single, indisputable Knowledge. It's too bad he died in 1998, before the real Internet boom. Maybe he'd have recanted his position after witnessing the localized internet metanarratives like LOLcats and FML :-p ( )
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