This is a philosophy.

(What’s important to note is that almost every resource I read about postmodernism started with a warning along the lines of, “Post-modernism is really hard to define.” If all of the following seems vague and interpretive, then you just might have a perfect understand of postmodernism.)

“Modernism” was the idea that the world is order and structured. Reason prevails, and there are larger purposes to what humans do – we try to please God, or we build successful societies, or we try to perpetuate our gene pool. Humans are part of a larger cultural and societal structure and legacy.

In some senses, “postmodernism” simply succeeded modernism, inasmuch as every philosophy is eventually succeeded by something else. Society tires of the old, has a reaction to it, and creates something new.

There are a variety of characteristics of postmodernism.

I saw the below definition in multiple resources. It wasn’t sourced at all, so I don’t know who created it, but it kept popping up:

We often encounter postmodernism in descriptions of media and art. This usually refers to common themes:

(Note: I’ll keep updating this entry as my understanding develops…which is kind of a postmodern thought, when you think about it.)

Why I Looked It Up

I had always wondered. I saw a YouTube video claiming to explain it, and I fell down a rabbit hole for several hours.

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