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Metamodernist Manifesto

Is Stephen Colbert Bringing Poetry Back to America?

Seth Abramson | Posted 10.19.2016 | 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 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.

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.

Five More Basic Principles of Metamodernism (VIDEOS)

Seth Abramson | Posted 05.12.2016 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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...

Is James Franco the New Shia LaBeouf?

Jesse Damiani | Posted 09.08.2014 | Entertainment
Jesse Damiani

LaBeouf's recent activities have been typified by uncertainty over whether they are performances or indicative of a real-life implosion. The same questions could be asked of Franco's behavior over the last few months.

Childish Gambino and the Metamodern Ennui, Part III

Jesse Damiani | Posted 08.27.2014 | Entertainment
Jesse Damiani

Repetition, whether functioning as feedback loop or contextualization (often both), is an integral motif in Because the Internet. Set against the album's most forcefully earnest and reassuring song, we find a confluence of paradoxes: nostalgia dovetails with cynicism.

Childish Gambino and the Metamodern Ennui, Part II

Jesse Damiani | Posted 08.20.2014 | Entertainment
Jesse Damiani

Which is @DonaldGlover -- Childish Gambino's Twitter self -- and which are simply imagined voices or characters?

Childish Gambino and the Metamodern Ennui: Why Because the Internet Is the Most Significant Album in Recent Memory

Jesse Damiani | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Jesse Damiani

The Internet allows us to live increasingly fractured, niche, performed lives -- no matter how consistent, we develop varied personae on social media, dependent upon the form -- but they are still our lives.