Define: Postmodernism

Postmodernism: according to its protagonists, a completely new way of looking at the world, academic study, philosophy, artistic production etc, arising from the ‘discoveries’ of Foucault, Barthes, Derrida, Lyotard, Baudrillard (in France) and Jameson (in America) and the so-called ‘linguistic turn,’ supposed to have happened in the late 1960s or early 1970s, and maintaining in essence that ‘everything is constructed with language,’ that is to say that outside language there is really no reality. Postmodernism derives its view of the world from Marxism and maintains that the societies we live in, being bourgeois, are evil; while some postmodernists take up an entirely nihilistic position, most support radical political action and aim at the destruction of all traditional or modern modes of thought and study (dismissed as ‘grand narratives). In reality, postmodernism is a totalising belief system based on faith alone. It is distinguished by elaborate rhetoric and a specialised jargon, which fails to conceal the essential naivety of its basic ideas, derived from a discredited Marxism. It often sounds like nonsense that is because it is nonsense.

Source: The New Nature of History by Arthur Marwick.

‘Course the bourgeois would say that.

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