Mordernity Masus

Topics: Explanation, Time, Understanding Pages: 2 (416 words) Published: May 18, 2013
How does the author of this extract understand modernism? Support your response with a direct quote from the text.

The extract begins to inform and make the reader question validate the trueness of the term “modernity”. Titled ‘Modernity- yesterday, today and tomorrow’, the excerpt presents examples of modernity and defines the term by the author explaining ways the term is achieved.

In the respective article the author, describes the term modern as “to find ourselves in an environment that promise us adventure, power, joy, growth, transformation of ourselves and the world-“. The term ‘Modernity’ is where the author groups this experience under. The understanding of modernity is that is inspires us to seek adventure however it threatens everything that we know and threatens our orthodox ways. Reading the article, we continue to find that the author presents us with the explanation that modernism is something that is paradoxical. He continues to explain that even though we call it modern, “ever-increasing numbers of people have been going through it for close to five hundred years”, through this line we are exposed to the thought that modernity has been an ongoing trend that we have not paid close attention to.

Modernity through the authors understanding, can establish new traditions whilst also being a radical threat to the existing traditions and history. To further understand modernity, the author states he would continue to research the changes in order to chart them so he can be able to see at what periods of times and also what effect did this change have on current times “ I want to explore and chart these traditions, to understand the ways in which they can nourish and enrich our own modernity”.

Furthermore, the author begins to discuss the twentieth century and the end result of the term modernity. It begins to state “the social processes that bring this maelstrom into being, and keep it in a state of perpetual becoming, have come to be...
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