We spent the final day of class looking at more of the differences between modern and postmodern culture. It’s a discussion point that is very interesting, and Ryan had some new perspectives on it I hadn’t heard before. I actually wish we had more time to discuss these topics and had spent less time getting to the contemporary culture part of the class. But it was a great journey and I learned a lot along the way.
One interesting point from Thursday’s discussion was how postmodern and modern cultures are really meshing and blending together right now. I don’t think we’re going to end up with totally one or the other. It will be interesting to see how the two viewpoints interact and influence one another as we enter this global information age. In some ways, in our rush to label things we may be over identifying. Modern thought lasted a long time. Yes, the speed of change has increased, but maybe this postmodern discussion is really just a transition to something else, not an end in itself. I’d hate for some people to get bogged down in a trend (or discover it about 50 years too late) only to miss what culture is doing now!