Suddenly it struck me

Suddenly it struck me that while many of us have been amazed by the creative and innovative opportunities provided by Internet and the web, our world has changed in so many other ways. Internet is an important part in this change, an accelerator even, but not the only one. Everything is different, or will be. The shift from modernism and industrialism to postmodernism and postindustrialism is all around us and touches most human expressions. I see this change clearly, but I don’t hear anyone discussing it. Maybe this change has been shadowed by the currently functionalistic furniture fashion and the Internet hype. Many homes today have a functionalistic look but that is not because their inhabitants embrace the original ideas. They appreciate the expressions of the industrial age for other reasons.

In the postmodern and postindustrial society truth is dead. Nothing just ”is”. Everything tells a story, or will tell a story. Everything stands for something else. Or will. Features, properties, values and expressions interact in new ways. You cannot isolate single aspects but you need to take several perspectives into account. Companies can no longer work in the traditional linear fashion.

What fascinates me is not so much the academic explanation but rather the big and small, everyday expressions that I see of this change. Can you see them? Are you interested in the stories? Would you like to discuss their future consequences? This blog will have some academic elements but it will be mainly explorative! At is best it might be an eye opener.

Join me on this trip!

Close up of the Macintosh PowerBook 100 from 1991. The first computer that was both really portable and and good looking. A fine piece of late modernistic machinery.

  1. 4 Comment(s)

  2. By Dag on Mar 2, 2010 | Reply

    Dear Mr Torgny,

    I thougt that postmodernism was dead too???

    Saying that nothing ”is” is saying that ”nothing is” is! Or?

    As I see it, everything is said from à standpoint, even if this standpoint is maintaining that there is is no standpoint!

    Wienerschnitzel soon, perhaps?

    Dag

  3. By Olle Torgny on Mar 2, 2010 | Reply

    Good point, or should I say ”point”.
    I am aiming at a more practical level, but thank you for pushing the limits of the discussion.
    Schnitzel anytime!

  4. By Helena on Mar 2, 2010 | Reply

    Is there not a need to differentiate between the post modern and (the) postmodernism, just as modern and modernism is not quite the same? Do we not talk about modern art as something that includes much more than the period of modernistic art, for example?

    I would suggest that in sociology postmodernism lived a short period in the 1980s, while we still have not defined the end of ”the modern period”. Some talk about the new being the information age, the postindustrial society and the global society, but we are still somehow IN the modern age, in the modern era. Some argue that as theorists we always use as reference point that worldview we learned as students. Which means that only those who have not experienced modern age will be able to identify and lable what comes after.

  5. By Olle Torgny on Mar 2, 2010 | Reply

    Good points! As you suggest (if I understand you correctly):
    – The transition is gradual and not synchonous between different areas
    – Many aspects and areas are still at the modernistic stage
    – The fuzziness of language is problematic – postmodernism is more ”modern” than modernism…
    – Our grandchildren will be able to tell when the shifts actually occured…

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