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Metamodernism

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

Jesse Damiani | Posted 09.02.2014 | 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 08.29.2014 | 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 08.25.2014 | 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 08.25.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

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

The Metamodernist Manifesto: After Postmodernism (Part II)

Seth Abramson | Posted 08.22.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

The question, for both postmodernist and metamodernist philosophers and artists, is why and how a text is non-absorptive.

The Metamodernist Manifesto: After Postmodernism (Part I)

Seth Abramson | Posted 08.15.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

When we speak of modernism and postmodernism, and for that matter when we speak of metamodernism, what we mean by "movement" is a series of ideas in philosophy that are a) the subject of scholarly study and discussion, and b) can serve as actionable intelligence for various artists' creative practices.

The Metamodernist Manifesto: The Rebirth of the Author

Seth Abramson | Posted 08.01.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

Nobody is made happy by any of this; indeed, its existential utility has increasingly proven to be a net negative, even as its formal coherence (once a strong suit) has begun to erode in the Internet Age.

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 IV

Jesse Damiani | Posted 09.06.2014 | Entertainment
Jesse Damiani

Any language, regardless of meaning, can be made to sound beautiful behind a nice tune, something for people to nod along with mindlessly. Gambino's more interested in displaying the ways we communicate than whether or not he endorses them.

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.

The Public Apology of Shia LaBeouf

Seth Abramson | Posted 03.15.2014 | Entertainment
Seth Abramson

The poem "The Public Apology of Shia LaBeouf" comprises 40 discrete dependent and independent clauses tweeted (not retweeted) by actor Shia LaBeouf from December 13, 2013 to January 13, 2014.

Reggie Watts Gives the Weirdest TED Talk Ever (VIDEO)

Seth Abramson | Posted 09.21.2013 | Books
Seth Abramson

Or, Ten Things You Need to Know About "Metamodernism" Right Now If you've ever been in a high school English classroom or a college English course...