The desperate politics of postmodernism by Henry S. Kariel

By Henry S. Kariel

Based on Henry S. Kariel, modern tradition is more and more ruled by means of technological and marketplace forces that threaten our skill to regulate our personal future. Having entered the postmodern period, many folks suppose unmoored and uncentered in an international seen as spiraling blindly towards oblivion.

In this provocative e-book, Kariel bargains a pessimistic meditation at the postmodern paintings and aesthetics that experience emerged in response to the oppressive buildings of our society and that signify, he feels, a determined attempt to restore that that's deadened by means of know-how and instrumentalism. Kariel identifies a practical aesthetics that hyperlinks playful actions in all domain names, arguing that purely by means of fusing spontaneous and instrumental motion and by way of regularly deconstructing, reviewing, revising, and regrouping our centering resources (rituals, ideals, canons, social associations, etc.) will we defuse the oppressive components of our sleek cultural panorama.

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At play, we strive for no extrinsic objectives. Not seeking to be anywhere else, we act without ulterior motives. Play suffices: it's intrinsically satisfying. 1 To enter politics is not to assure the triumph of justice or the defeat of injustice but to experience its inherent satisfaction"public happiness" Jefferson called it. Today, it is hard to think of politics as play in its most comprehensive form. There is a reluctance to enter it. Treating it as a spectator sport, we watch its replays on TV.

Provided with no plan for its existence, the technological creation enforces a plan upon its creator. . Technology allows us to ignore our own works. 7 UnsymbolizedDr. Frankenstein's monster itself remained namelesstechnological creations are simply brute realityuncomprehended, anonymous forces. Radically alien, they give point to Gertrude Stein's remark that some things which are there (she was referring to Oakland, California) are not there. T. Press, 1977), PP. 313, 315. Page 9 center of the technological structures surrounding us.

Not perceiving that giving is also taking, that, to quote Robert Frost again, "strongly spent is synonymous with kept," 1 Letter to Adams, April 11, 1823, in L. J. , The Adams-Jefferson Letters (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1959), p. 594. Page xii they keep making utilitarian zero-sum calculations. ''2 They scarcely know that distinctive space in which it is possible to transcend our obsessive instrumentalism and, yes, compose ourselves. Because playing detaches us from the prevailing instrumentalism, I am concerned with redeeming the playful dimension of even those activities in which play and politics have been all but grounded by the demands of technology and the markets designed to serve it.

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