Post-Modernism: What is it?

Post-modernism is the artistic movement which, in essence, portrays a “…reaction to the assumed certainty of scientific, or objective, efforts to explain reality.” The movement relies upon the interpretation of reality and what it means to an artist, author, or creator individually.

The Simpsons (1989-present) is perhaps the most noticeable use of the post-modernism movement, providing commentary on the status of 'the American Dream'. (See http://www.onpostmodernism.com/television for further television examples)
The Simpsons (1989-present) is perhaps the most noticeable use of the post-modernism movement, providing commentary on the status of ‘the American Dream’. 
Another example is Bansky's "One Nation Under CCTV", a commentary to remind citizens that the government is always watching.
Another example is Bansky’s “One Nation Under CCTV” (2008-2009), a commentary to remind citizens that the government is always watching.

The post-modernism movement, furthermore, is arguably a feature of today’s remix culture. The intertextual references the post-modern examples above relay to an audience are influenced by the social, political, cultural, and economic happenings of our world, and are copied to some extent from this source material. For example, “The Simpsons” is based upon a dysfunctional family attempting to live ‘the American Dream’. Spanning over 26 seasons, the Simpson family engages in everyday family activities with entertaining, made-for-television humour that often focuses on or interprets world events and stereotypes.

The post-modernism movement, in this way is a feature of remix culture, appropriating source material, the artist interpreting it in their own, individual way, and publishing it as another original work of creativity.

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