What are the differences? How apparent is intertextuality? How reliant is narrative upon genre. How far can Propp be applied to the music videos you have seen? Taylor Swift ‘Love Story’ is this really post- modern?
The collapse of the "Grand Narrative"Most famously, in La Condition postmoderne: Rapport sur le savoir (ThePostmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge) (1979), Lyotardproposed what he calls an extreme simplification of the"postmodern" as an incredulity towards meta-narratives. Thesemeta-narratives - sometimes grand narratives - are grand, large-scale theories and philosophies of the world, such as the progress ofhistory, the knowability of everything by science, and the possibilityof absolute freedom. Lyotard argues that we[who?] have ceased to believethat narratives of this kind are adequate to represent and contain usall. We have become alert to difference, diversity, theincompatibility of our aspirations, beliefs and desires, and for thatreason postmodernity is characterised by an abundance ofmicronarratives.
This becomes more crucial in Au juste: Conversations () (1979) and Le Différend (TheDifferend) (1983), which develop a postmodern theory of justice. It might appear thatthe atomisation of human beings implied by the notion of the micronarrative and thelanguage game suggests a collapse of ethics. It has often been thought that universality isa condition for something to be a properly ethical statement: thou shalt not steal is anethical statement in a way that thou shalt not steal from Margaret is not. The latter istoo particular to be an ethical statement (whats so special about Margaret?); it is onlyethical if it rests on a universal statement (thou shalt not steal from anyone). Butuniversals are impermissible in a world that has lost faith in metanarratives, and so itwould seem that ethics is impossible.Lyotard argues that notions of justice and injustice do in fact remain in postmodernism.The new definition of injustice is indeed to use the language rules from one phraseregimen and apply them to another. Ethical behaviour is about remaining alertprecisely to the threat of this injustice, about paying attention to things in theirparticularity and not enclosing them within abstract conceptuality. idiom."
What about this one? Is this postmodern? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Edv8Onsrgg
AND THESE? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b601_tUuNDM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJnhaXwK86M
Although theorists like Todorov and Propp can be applied to these Gondry music videos, they are too post modern to fit neatly in to their categories. Learning so far... Which theorists have you learnt about? How can they be applied to these two music videos? Which terms can be applied? Narcissistic? Bricolage? Nostalgia? Intertextuality? Eclecticism? Parody? Pastiche? How?
Complete an analysis of all you have learnt so far – you can include todays learning. Mini Mock – look at the mark criteria. Read the exam style question sheet and consider the prompts.