Note — Dec 15, 2019

An Introduction to Metamodernism: the Cultural Philosophy of the Digital Age

Seen in → No.107

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I linked another, longer piece on metamodernism a few months back, Metamodern Values for a Listening Society. I’ll have to give another read to see how the two align but the one above is quite interesting in how it goes over modernism, post-modernism, and now meta. Basically this version boils down to “it’s a remix culture” but there are still a few good quotes in there, and you could kind of make a parallel with the concept of atemporality where everything exists at the same time.

[M]etamodernism “can be conceived of as a kind of informed naivety, a pragmatic idealism.” For the metamodern generation, “grand narratives are as necessary as they are problematic, hope is not simply something to distrust, love not necessarily something to be ridiculed” explains Vermeulen. […]

While modernism is about creating something completely new (which you could argue is an illusion); postmodernism is about deconstructing the past and rejecting the future; and pseudo-modernism is about mindless online consumerism—metamodernism is about creating something new with what was created before, while acknowledging the inherent ephemerality of the human condition. […]

While Tarantino—who is considered a postmodernist—famously said that he steals from everyone and didn’t have any consideration for “high art” (please note that I’m actually a Tarantino fan), metamodern movies such as Interstellar and Arrival recycle classic sci-fi tropes to explore a plurality of realities, subjectivities, and boundaries. […]

At its core, metamodernism is about ambiguity, reconstruction, dialogue, collaboration, and creative paradox. It’s about allowing yourself to be many different people at once. It’s about speaking through the work of everyone who you are sampling from in order to amplify their voice. It’s about being a curator with a unique creative vision. … Explore, combine, collaborate.