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the postmodern dilemma
In Jameson’s essay “Postmodernism and the Consumer Society,” several interesting points are brought up regarding the current condition of our society.
I promise, this is not going to be a literary essay.
However, rereading perhaps one of the most significant authoritative works on Postmodernism (or “PoMo,” as savants like to call it) brought up several insights that I probably would not have found nearly half as insightful were I not in the midst of my most recent quarter—though at this point, let’s be real, it should probably be considered mid—life crisis. With the recent schism between my parents and myself, as well as the fact that it’s become painfully apparent how lacking in willpower I am, I have developed a greater awareness of just how shitty shit can be. In Jameson’s essay, he points “a new depthlessness” in society, one that is brought about by our loss of historicity, inundation of technological reproductions, and a general waning of affect. In my life, I see things that point to all of the above.
America as we know it has always been deeply rooted in consumerism. We are constantly wanting more, seeking material goods to fulfill our needs, obsessing over the latest trends, and brainstorming ways to satisfy these wants. There’s nothing wrong with this, depending on who/m you’re talking to. We are preoccupied with our happiness, our lives depend on it, and we have the freedom to keep or discard the things in our lives that ultimately bring us closer to this end goal of satisfaction. For instance, with relationships you can marry and divorce at will. All this comes at a cost though, a cost that is reflected our divorce rates (41% for first timers, 60% for those on their second marriage, and 73% for those that are really pushing it with their third, according to a 2012 statistic) and changes in the traditional nuclear family. Years ago, convention would have prevailed and won out against such happenings, but all this has seemingly long been forgotten. There is nothing wrong with choosing only the things that bring you joy in life, but there is something disturbing about how carelessly, how effortlessly, we do it.
It’s this nonchalance that pervades our society today that I can’t stand. I can’t stand how standard communication has been reduced to text messages and Facebook. I can’t stand how it freaks me out to simply pick up the phone and call someone (it’s so much faster, just talking REALLY talking to another person). I really can’t stand how easy and difficult it is to cut someone out of your life completely and still be reminded of his/her existence every single day. It’s disillusioning, it really is, and I wonder how many people realize it and realize how alone they really are.>