Postmodernism is dead. Modernism is dead. The lofty notions developed during these brilliant periods in human evolution dangle in front of us to keep us driving forward, unaware of the deterioration of stability of society around us and the breakdown of our social contract. The spectres of these bygone epochs live on and shape our worldviews such that it doesn’t seem perverse for whole populations to be ruled over by isolated centers of power now represented by bloated capitalist enterprises. The pursuit of material possessions allows us a sense of progress even though we’re stepping up an escalator that’s carrying us down faster than we’re climbing. Technological advancement placates us with a sense of wonder as we stare mindlessly into our television screens for an hour before bed each night rather than challenging ourselves to think or create something meaningful in the spirit of the pioneers of modernism and postmodernism.
Blake Gossard, ELS, MWC