Irony, playfulness, black humor Postmodern authors were certainly not the first to use irony and humor in their writing, but for many postmodern authors, these became the hallmarks of their style. Postmodern authors will often treat very serious subjects—World War II, the Cold War, conspiracy…
So a postmodern society, unglossed-over by a grand narrative, must embrace the values of postmodernity as its key values. That means that complexity, diversity, contradiction, ambiguity, and interconnectedness all become central. In social terms that means a lack of obvious hierarchies (equal rights for all), embracing diversity (multi-culturalism), and that all voices should be heard (consensus). Interconnectedness is reflected in our technology and communications. In the 21st century anything that cannot be stored by a computer ceases to be knowledge.
That’s the goal anyway. There are pitfalls. Runaway postmodernism creates a grey goo of no-meaning. Infinite consensus creates paralysis. Over-connection leads to saturation. Too much diversity leads to disconnection. Complexity to confusion.
”—McCandless, David (2009) Information is Beautiful. London: HarperCollins Publishers. (via archikate)
I realise that I am an avid postmodernist. I interpret everything as a social construct. Everything is tangible, subjective and certainly not binary. I am developing a sceptical mind and relish the idea that there is no absolute truth.
I remain, however, an idealist and a hopeless romantic.
Even if my constant use of the first person pronoun suggests that I’m a crazy narcissist.
“I still believe in God, we just ain’t never spoke,
Unless we talkin’ symbolically, then I might agree..
But if you really wanna look at it that way,
Then, hey man, God don’t like me..
I refuse to believe that”—
“See I’ve spent twenty three years on the earth searching for answers, till one day I realized I had to come up with my own. I’m not on the outside looking in, I’m not on the inside looking out, I’m in the dead fucking center, looking around. You’ve ever seen a newborn baby kill a grown man? That’s an analogy for the way the world make me react.”—Kendrick Lamar (via highpowerrr)
Dope A$$ Postmodernist First Lady of G.O.O.D Music Teyana Taylor
I was sooooo fuckin Geeked today when Teyana Taylor posted this pic on Instagram..
Its official folks, Teyana Taylor has signed to G.O.O.D Music/Island Def Jam Records. After months..and months…and months of speculation, it is finally happening. So..Why is this relevant to postmodernism??…Because I confidently deem TT as a fellow "black postmodernist." Her creative style is BEYOND the Basic Modern Bitch. Her originality, personal style and “mixing” from creatives such as Lauryn Hill, Michael and Janet Jackson are postmodern qualities that categorize her as an Outsider artist whose work will for sure go down in Postmodern and Hip Hop history.
What’s the Tea wit Doc T??
Teyana Taylor, born December 10, 1990, is a an African American/Trinidadian singer-songwriter,rapper,actress,model,stylist, dancer and postmodern artist. Born and raised in Harlem, New York, TT has been featured on television shows; My Super Sweet 16 and House of Glam, Movies; Stomp the Yard 2 and Madea’s Big Happy family, was signed to Star Trak/Interscope Records and is now a new member of Kanye West’s Label G.O.O.D Music.
Evidence of Postmodernism
1. Mixing-The actual mixing of different times, periods and styles.
TT mixes with artist such as Lauryn Hill which can be seen in her latest Mixtape “The Misunderstanding of Teyana Taylor.” Download the Mixtape at the link below.
Her dancing is inspired by her idol, Michael Jackson.
”Michael ! My cousin and I would dance to “The Way You Make Me Feel” video. I was about 4 or 6 years old, I was putting my mother’s heels, I was playing the role of the girl and my cousin was doing Michael. Dancing came naturally. I never said that I had to do auditions or that I had talent. When music was there, dance was there, it was normal.”
2. Outsider Artist- Creative expression outside the social norms.
I write my songs as an outsider. When I had my rock group, we had songs like “Wasted” or “Clepto”. These songs were really written for people who are going through these particular situations, and so that they could see themselves in the lyrics. Nowadays, R&B songs talk about the same things, everything sounds the same. I try to make songs that touch a lot of people. I have songs for older people, or younger, teenagers that don’t feel good with themselves…etc. I try to touch the more people I can with the lyrics and that’s why for songwriting, I draw my inspiration from stuff that can happen to anybody.