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Metamodernism

baddieani: Artist Of The Future

Jesse Damiani | Posted 07.19.2016 | Arts
Jesse Damiani

Aniebietabasi Ekong, known to the Internet as baddieani, is a whole new breed of artist, the kind that that could only exist in the Internet Age.

Is Stephen Colbert Bringing Poetry Back to America?

Seth Abramson | Posted 10.19.2015 | Entertainment
Seth Abramson

If you've been watching Late Night with Stephen Colbert recently, you've been inundated by a good deal of experimental poetry. That's because Colbert, long considered a "metamodern" performer by the American literati, reads experimental metamodern poetry to his late-night audience most nights.

The New York Times Accidentally Publishes Metamodern Literary Art As a Serious Thinkpiece

Seth Abramson | Posted 10.03.2015 | Books
Seth Abramson

Is it really true--and does Lombardi really believe--"the modern man never lets other people know when his confidence has sunk.

The Month in Metamodernism #3

Seth Abramson | Posted 07.21.2016 | Entertainment
Seth Abramson

Metamodernism is the dominant cultural philosophy of the Internet Age. The term was coined in 1975 by American professor Mas'ud Zavarzadeh, and has been in irregular usage since then.

A Transcript of the Decent Speech Inside Donald Trump's Disastrous One

Seth Abramson | Posted 06.18.2016 | Politics
Seth Abramson

Was there, in fact, a somewhat "normal" political speech hidden inside the meandering, strikingly fact-free one Trump actually gave at Trump Tower?

Trump Is Serious: Why the Donald's Presidential Campaign Is More Than Just Entertainment

Seth Abramson | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Seth Abramson

Seeing Trump's candidacy as merely cynical, or ironic, or somehow merely a brief manifestation of late capitalism's excesses misses the point: this is also a serious candidacy that will have serious repercussions for both Democrats and Republicans alike.

The Month in Metamodernism #2

Seth Abramson | Posted 06.11.2016 | Entertainment
Seth Abramson

This ongoing column series looks at some of the art that generatively confused us in recent months because it was, for a change, metamodern rather than discretely Modern or postmodern.

The Month in Metamodernism #1

Seth Abramson | Posted 05.29.2016 | Entertainment
Seth Abramson

As we eagerly await the beginning of Season 2 of Rick and Morty -- the Holy Grail of metamodernist adventuring (Cameron Carpenter's brilliance notwithstanding) -- we take a look at some of the art that generatively confused us in recent months because it was (for a change) metamodern rather than discretely modern or postmodern.

Post-Postmodernism: Where Does it End?

Dan Truong | Posted 05.27.2016 | College
Dan Truong

Let's operate under the assumption that postmodernism and modernism are real movements and not a load of Dickensian word-filler. There's a lot of debate of what postmodernism actually is.

Five More Basic Principles of Metamodernism (VIDEOS)

Seth Abramson | Posted 05.12.2016 | Books
Seth Abramson

Recently, I published an article entitled "Ten Basic Principles of Metamodernism" that aimed to summarize the state of metamodern discourse today.

Ten Basic Principles of Metamodernism

Seth Abramson | Posted 06.25.2015 | Books
Seth Abramson

While metamodernism is not a movement or a manifesto for living, it is nevertheless possible for individuals, groups, and even social and political structures to come to be informed by metamodern principles.

Metamodern Literature and the Metaverse

Seth Abramson | Posted 06.15.2015 | Books
Seth Abramson

The term "metamodernism" first appeared in 1975, in a scholarly article by Mas'ud Zavarzadeh that focused its attention on 1970s domestic politics, a small subset of 1970s metafiction, and the burgeoning "technetronic culture" the author considered certain to emerge in the 1980s and 1990s.

The Metamodernist Manifesto

Seth Abramson | Posted 06.01.2015 | Books
Seth Abramson

What I'm describing is at once entirely scientific and the stuff of fantasy. Last night I saved two people from being swept up in a tornado. It wasn...

The Controversial Philosophy Behind Franco's The Interview

Seth Abramson | Posted 02.17.2015 | Entertainment
Seth Abramson

The Interview does something few if any films before it have done: it depicts the commission of an international war crime against a real-world individual without using any readily identifiable filter to reassure viewers that the entire scenario is a farce.

This Three-Word Poem By Jesse Damiani Just Changed Everything

Seth Abramson | Posted 01.11.2015 | Books
Seth Abramson

Damiani's poem urges us to push on past cynicism to find value in that which at first seems empty, and to then push on past even that discovery to the unknown places where additional meaning might yet be found.

Can the Trolling of Media Outlets Revitalize American Poetry?

Seth Abramson | Posted 12.31.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

The course title "Wasting Time on the Internet" may have the unfortunate side effect of misleading prospective students into thinking the course believes something it entirely rejects, but far more importantly it provokes American media outlets into taking notice.

Metamodernism: The Basics III

Seth Abramson | Posted 12.19.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

Reading all of the foregoing, one might wonder, "How can metamodernism claim to enable a vertical layering of ideas and identities in which no idea or identity is privileged over the others, when by all rights that should be both a physical and metaphysical impossibility?"

Metamodernism: The Basics II

Seth Abramson | Posted 12.14.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

The first major change in metamodernism since 2010 is a growing feeling that "metamodernism," as a system of logic, is a recurring phenomenon rather than one that's especially tied to a single moment in world history.

Metamodernism: The Basics

Seth Abramson | Posted 12.12.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

We live in a time in which we feel very isolated. The Internet is partly to blame; every day we say things online -- things that isolate others, and things that isolate us from others -- that are so unkind or merely thoughtless that we would never say them face-to-face.

The State of Risk in PoMo Verse (Part 2)

Seth Abramson | Posted 12.07.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

The politics of literary metamodernism presently resides in the same transitional and paradoxical state that the work itself does, and that its authors most certainly do.

The State of Risk in PoMo Verse

Seth Abramson | Posted 12.01.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

In Cheap Signaling -- a serious and important study of poetic diction in the avant-garde -- Daniel Tiffany posits a revolutionary poetics without positing, too, a paradigm shift away from postmodernism.

Me-e-ow! What Hello Kitty-Gate Tells Us About Ourselves

Jesse Damiani | Posted 11.01.2014 | Media
Jesse Damiani

On August 26, the world was let in on what would appear to be one of the biggest bombshells in cartoon history: Hello Kitty, née Kitty White, was pronounced not-cat. At 40 years young, this positioned her as the oldest third-grader in human history.

The Metamodernist Manifesto: After Postmodernism (Part V)

Seth Abramson | Posted 10.29.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

While neither artists nor critics exactly choose their predisposition or disposition, and certainly don't choose the historical epoch in which they live, it becomes increasingly difficult to imagine an intellectual or cultural sphere in which the postmodern exceeds the metamodern in either mimetic rigor or emotional and moral amplitude.

On Metamodern Dada

Jesse Damiani | Posted 10.19.2014 | Arts
Jesse Damiani

Screens. Bright fingers that claw at our eyes. Expressions of tenderness, movements of thought, sexual fantasies, our greatest battles. More and more,...

The Metamodernist Manifesto: After Postmodernism (Part III)

Seth Abramson | Posted 10.25.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

If postmodern thought holds that all truth is relative, metamodernism holds that absolute truth exists -- but evolves differently for each person.