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Post-modernism stood for everything modernism rejected: fun, exuberance, irresponsibility. In his brilliant history of a dangerous idea, Stuart Jeffries tells a narrative that starts in the early 1970s and continues to today.

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Post-Modernity is the creative destruction that has shattered our present times into fragments. It dynamited modernism which had dominated the western world for most of the twentieth century. Post-modernism stood for everything modernism rejected: fun, exuberance, irresponsibility. But beneath its glitzy surface, post-modernism had a dirty secret: it was the fig leaf for a rapacious new kind of capitalism. It was also the forcing ground of the "post truth," by means of which western values got turned upside down.

But where do these ideas come from and how have they impacted on the world? In his brilliant history of a dangerous idea, Stuart Jeffries tells a narrative that starts in the early 1970s and continues to today.

He tells this history through a riotous gallery that includes David Bowie, the iPod, Frederic Jameson, the demolition of Pruit-Igoe, Madonna, Post-Fordism, Jeff Koon's "Rabbit," Deleuze and Guattari, the Nixon Shock, The Bowery series, Judith Butler, and more.

We are today scarcely capable of conceiving politics as a communal activity because we have become habituated to being consumers rather than citizens. Can we do anything else than suffer from buyer's remorse?

Everything, All the Time, Everywhere

How We Became Postmodern

Author Stuart Jeffries

Narrated by Jonathan Cowley

Publication date Feb 22, 2022

Running time 14 hrs 8 min

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