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The lost art of thinking in today's image-driven postmodern society

Auguste Rodin, The Thinker (1889)
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  • NWO 6 years ago

    I am confused at your use of the term new world order, which is a political term that refers to the emergence of a bureaucratic collectivist one-world government. I'm not sure what that has to do with religion, except that religion is a common tool to "opiate the masses" into believing whatever is told to them - ironically much like the Government controlled media.

    I do agree with that the masses are stupefied through TV, celebrity worship, etc.. but don't blame technology. That is just another tool to cram the idiocy of celebrity news down our throats, but there is so much more that technology has to offer.

  • michel foucaulol 6 years ago

    We're not a postmodern society (which is one that is pieced together from the scraps of other foregone and/or imperially conquered societies/cultures), but a hypermodern society, one that extends the values of post-enlightenment modernity to the extreme. We don't want to see our reality through pastiche representation, we want to see the scientific reproduced through a given medium. Instead of pop-culture round up shows (which critiques society by collaging samples from throughout our culture) we get reality T.V (which critiques society by showcasing and focusing in on the worst parts of our "real lives"). Postmodernity romanticized the power of the collective, while modernity (and, subsequently, hypermodernity) romanticizes the power of the individual (namely through the proliferation of neoliberalism). What IS interesting is the pace at which this switch of ideologies has occurred, whereas it took 100+years to get from enlightenment to modernity, it took 40+years from post to hyper.

  • Edwin- Christian & Postmodern Theology Examine 6 years ago

    @NWO - The term "new world order" is used here in the broader sense to refer to a socio-cultural rearrangement spearheaded by whatever thought-pattern or philosophical system is shaping the global landscape at a given point in time. Because it entails a clash between worldviews, it also impacts the religious aspect of human existence. I agree, religion (but not Christianity) may in many ways be called the opiate of the masses. However, examined closely, this same Marxist category may also apply to entertainment.

    In reference to technology, a discerning reader will find that I don't actually blame it for whatever damage it has so far brought to humankind. What is to blame for whatever is wrong in the world is what the Bible calls human depravity. Technology is simply like a knife. Whether it will do us harm or good depends on whoever uses the knife. A chef will use it as a tool to prepare a sumptuous dinner. A criminal will of course use it to hurt/kill anyone for his own good.

  • Edwin-Christian & Postmodern Theology Examiner 6 years ago

    @michel foucaulol - Let me take response to your comment from 2 of my first articles for this section of assigned to me as the Christian & Postmodern Theology Examiner. But first, let me clarify that whenever I use the term postmodern & apply it to the socio-cultural landscape of our time, I almost always qualify it with the term "so-called." Consider a portion of my very first article for this section:

    "Postmodernism, sometimes called as the sibling rival and stepchild of modernism, embodies a great deal of the present operation of the spirit of the age in the 21st century world. People in this century, whether they know it or not, are living in parentheses between the modern and the postmodern, as philosophers Steven Best and Douglas Kellner put it, 'in an interregnum period in which competing regimes are engaged in an intense struggle for dominance.'” - from my article titled "Addressing the postmodern way of thinking on theological grounds," published Nov. 09, 2009

  • Edwin-Christian & Postmodern Theology Examiner 6 years ago

    @michel foucaulol - "Understanding the postmodern way of thinking is notoriously slippery, messy and difficult. As theologian-philosopher Kevin Vanhoozer puts it, 'Those who attempt to define or analyze the concept of postmodernity do so at their own peril ... In the first place, postmoderns reject the notion that any description or definition is "neutral." Definitions may appear to bask in the glow of impartiality, but they invariably exclude something and hence are complicit, wittingly or not, in politics. A definition of postmodernity is as likely to say more about the person offering the definition than it is of "the postmodern." Second, postmoderns resist closed, tightly bounded "totalizing" accounts of such things as the "essence of the postmodern." And third … "there is no such phenomenon as postmodernity. There are only postmodernities."' - from my article titled "Understanding the postmodern way of thinking" Nov 8, 2009.

    FYI: Thomas Oden's word for it - "most-modern."

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