Tuesday, May 17, 2005

A great pomo debate should follow!

Jim over at @Large recently posted about post-modernism. In his considered opinion:
Current postmodernist expression is simply more bad breath from modernism. It is a deconstructive reaction to modernism, not knowing what it is, but merely what it is not. It's just post-something else. It doesn't even know what it wants to be when it grows up, but it certainly knows what it does not [want] to be: [Its] parent.
Your humble author has asked "Bill" [ed: quotes indicating the fluidity of identity in the blogosphere - ha!] the following questions, all of which I feel strongly about:

1. What do you think about the relationship between iterability and differance.

2. How has panopticism affected the realm of biopower in terms of the recent debate over smoking bars?

3. Which ideological state apparatus most clearly reifies Weber's thesis of the protestant work ethic?

I'm playing my hands close to my chest, but I think the answer to 3 will be the most telling.

Postscript: get a load of this from his post: "postmodernism is more a vacuum than a presence." True. Very true.