Postmodernism: Questioning the Objective Truth Associated with Enlightenment

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Many readers enjoy books and stories that go outside of the social norm because they like to “stick it to the man” or maybe they just don’t like that people who lived before them developed to make the boundaries that we live by in our society. Who gives the authority to inscribe an entire generation with their beliefs? This is because, for years, those same people also had to follow a set of rules they probably did not believe in themselves. This is how I think postmodernism came to be with the original disobedience in writing came. The point of postmodernism is to go against traditional classifications to question the objective truth associated with the enlightenment, and to prove that there are no social truths but social constructs that our society to all of its actions.

Who created society? Who made the rules and stated them as eternal truths? That is what postmodernist want to know and why they write and speak to vocalize that feeling they get from “being told what to do.” In Light Boxes, Shane Jones made it obvious how he felt about the social norm when he got this book published. He wrote the book as if to say I do not have to follow any previous guidelines if I don’t believe in them. Or, maybe he feels like to go against society by using artwork, like our friend “Mr. Brainwash.” The feeling of being constricted to earlier processes because that is what has been done before. In the story Light Boxes the author uses different sizes of text and expressing a paragraph on page or just one person’s viewpoints. He even makes list in the middle of the writing.

Six Reports from the Priest
1. The Solution attempted to fly today
2. They failed
3. To hell with February, one member shouted. The rest cheered. They are a loud bunch. They wear bird masks. They throw apple through clouds. 4. The balloon collapsed on one side. The flames shot up. The flames spilled out and crawled across the field and up the birch trees, where flightless birds burned. 5. The snow continues to fall.

6. There has been talk of war. (Jones,18)
I truly love the concept of being able to truly and honestly be free from all tyranny and obstructions that normally would be consider faux pas. One of my favorite things that he did with the story is he made winter, February. He completely changed the definition of a term and made it define what he wanted it to interpret. I really feel the sense of being able to create your own reality by making things mean what you want them to, giving us a sense of freedom.

I think these texts have to say about the purpose of art and storytelling that they are whatever anyone decides to make of them. In each of the titles we have talked about we notice the independence and lack of restrictions the authors or director’s use. In Exit through the Giftshop each artist had their own style and reasoning behind their madness. The main painter Bansy always seems to have the political mindset to tell people that they are being fool through his work. For example, when he drew a woman who looked like she was a maid sweeping dirt under a building. For me this meant, she, the women in the art, was a servant to some socialite handling their dirt work. She could even possibly be hiding the evidence of their faults which later the will discover as most government plots or even just simpler things such as infidelity and scandal. By I consider all this to be based on personal opinion for the reason that ten people could all gaze onto the same painting and all formulate our own idea what the artist was trying to create or purvey. That’s why I actually like, “Mr. Brainwash” because even though we will never know what his true intentions are, to make a documentary on graffiti artist or make himself rich with art that he has almost made a joke of. But there is a certain excitement in the fact that he named himself “Mr....
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