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Check for new and used marketplace copies. The term 'postmodernity' has been used to describe that historical transformation of the late 20th century when the institutional breaks holding back individual emancipation disintegrated, thereby giving rise to the full expression of individual desires and the quest for self-fulfilment. But there are now signs - argues Gilles Lipovetsky, one of the most original social thinkers in France today - that we've entered a new phase of 'hypermodernity', characterized by hyper-consumption and the hypermodern individual.
Hyperconsumption is a consumption which absorbs and integrates more and more spheres of social life and which encourages individuals to consume for their own personal pleasure rather than to enhance their social status. Hypermodernity is a society characterized by movement, fluidity and flexibility, distanced more than ever from the great structuring principles of modernity.
And the hypermodern individual, while oriented towards pleasure and hedonism, is also filled with the kind of tension and anxiety that comes from living in a world, which has been stripped of tradition and which faces an uncertain future. Everything worries and alarms them, and there are no longer any beliefs systems to which they can turn for assurance.
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With the death of Utopianism comes the dark and bitter truth of technocapitalist globalism, a world where cultural tourism is the order of the day and nostalgia plays havoc with our local cities formulating distinct enclaves of memory and desire. The deregulation in the economic sphere brought with it a deregulation of the base set of secular norms and functional scripts that had guided the Fordist era, and now in the neo-modern moment we see the deregulation of self and identity; or, what many term the fragilization of the earth. Yet, the three axiomatic elements that tie it all together remain: the market, technocratic efficiency, and the individual. Governments have become the fare of RealityTV, ineffectual and bankrupt, they perform their endless comedy routines of Left and Right as if these things still existed or even mattered. Politicians have become stand-up comics that no one is laughing with, but at. Haunted by their own accelerated work schedules the poor live in between moments of waste and sleep: drowning in drugs, alcohol, or prison terms. While the nouveau rich of our era wander the globe seeking ever faster mobility and the luxury of cultural tourism.
Hypermodern Times: Gilles Lipovetsky
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Post a Comment. Tuesday, November 4, "Hypermodern times" by Gilles Lipovetsky and psychiatry. Lipovetsky puts the new era in the context of modernism and postmodernism, and elegantly describes its many paradoxes. The hypermodern times actually began when the description of postmodernism became common knowledge in the last decades of the 20th century.