I think the world pendulum swings in twenty year cycles. Recessions occur every twenty years or so, We seem to go through a ten year conservative phase and then a ten year liberal phase cycle. Schools of thought seem to flex the pendulum a bit more and last a bit longer, but they also fit the pendulum swing. Newton’s Third Law even holds true for culture. Until the heat death of the universe. Anyway.
I hope and pray that postmodernism is dying-dying-dead. Maybe I’m behind the times and there is already someone out there with a name for postpostmodernism, if it already exists and I hope it does. I’m tired of self-reflexivity and deconstruction. I’ve spent enough time taking things apart, spreading them out on the floor and then thinking about why I might have done such a thing. I’m tired of it. I think it is time to put the pieces back together and make something useful.
I’m not saying that pomoism is disuseful. I just think it has done all it can do to help us folks reevalute and learn from ourselves. Now is time for action, not the semblence of it. I sort of think the next -ism will be Pragmatism. At least I hope so. I want tangible things to happen, paradigm shifts to occur using what we’ve spent the last forever poking and prodding. I don’t want Pragmatists to think of themselves in those terms, and if they are what I want them to be, they won’t have time or need for a Label or School. To be a bit tongue-in-cheek about it, they’ll be Aists. Without an -ism. Too busy doing with no time to talk apart from speech which will help the doing move faster. Since I just came up with this, I must be the Father of Aism. You may call me Dadaist.
And yes, I know I am being self-reflexive, and I’m writing and not acutally doing.