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Kelly Hutton

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Fragmentation of one's character is something that occurs in every postmodern novel or film. I, myself, am a fragmented character because of my background and the places I have lived.
Pastiche means to combine, or "paste" together, multiple elements or genres. When I think about my own life, pastiche appears most prevalently in my music. Music is a major part of my life, and it is a perfect example of the pastiche which exists in my life.
As postmodernism rejects modernism, it also rejects the concept of grand narratives, or metanarratives.
My Postmodern Life
Kelly Hutton
The quotation above, from Marina and the Diamond's song "Oh No" is similar to a quotation found in
Fight Club
, "Then you're trapped in your lovely nest, and the things you used to own now own you" (Palahniuk 44). In postmodern consumerism, people become defined solely by their possessions as opposed to their character.
Jessop, in his article on postmodern consumerism, explains that "instead of consuming goods themselves, we consume the meaning of goods as constructed through advertising and display" (Jessop 3). I will admit that I buy goods, not only for their use, but for their lifestyle, meaning and how it will define me. Examples of this would be:
Paranoia is a quality that is often found in characters of postmodern literature and film. For example Caravaggio in
The English Patient
is paranoid of Hana not loving him, and Hana is paranoid about leaving the villa.
Felluga explains Baudrillard's ideas of the simulacra and simulation as "what has happened in postmodern culture is that our society has become so reliant on models and maps that we have lost all contact with the real world that preceded the map. Reality itself has begun merely to imitate the model, which now precedes and determines the real world" (Felluga 2).
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Felluga, Dino. “Modules on Baudrillard: On Post-modernity.”
Introductory Guide to Critical Theory. 28 Nov 2003. Purdue U. 27
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Jessup, Michael. “Truth: The First Casualty of Postmodern
Consumerism.” Christian Scholar’s Review. XXX.3 (2001). 289-304.
Web. 27 March 2011.
Klages, Mary. “Postmodernism.” n.p., 21 April 2003. Web. 27 March 2011.
McGregor, Sue. “Postmodernism, Consumerism, and A Culture of
Peace.” n.p., 3 October 2003. Web. 27 March 2011.
Palahniuk, Chuck.
Fight Club
. New York: W. W. Norton, 1996. Print.
Works Cited
This is a YouTube video of some of the most used movie quotes. These are very familiar to most people and are used in everyday language.
Intertextuality is the existence of art forms - books, films, music - within another art form. This can exist in a person's life as well. In fact, I am using intertextuality in this prezi by quoting articles and books. Our lives are not isolated phenomenons, but rather a mosaic of quotations. We all watch TV shows, listen to music, read books, and watch movies. These can be incorporated into the person's life through quotations, lyrics, etc. For me personally, I listen to a lot of music and constantly find myself relating things in my life back to song lyrics, or using lyrics to explain a certain situation. This is also true for books that I read, and movies that I watch. I use quotations from these in my everyday life.
When the term "postmodernism" was first introduced to me a few months ago, I had no idea what it meant. After reading many articles, analyzing postmodern films, and reading postmodern books, I can now say that I still do not know exactly what postmodernism is.
First of all, What is Postmodernism?
Although I cannot specifically define postmodernism, I do know that it is the way of thinking in our society that has emerged in the 20th century and is a rejection of modernism. It is made up of many different elements that can have many different interpretations.
Now, after giving it a little thought

I realized that maybe...
MY life could be
You may be asking,"How could your own life be postmodern?"
Well, after reading numerous articles on postmodernism I compiled a list of all the elements that make it up, and I found that most of these could relate to my own life.
Pastiche, fragmentation, hyperreality, intertextuality, consumerism, paranoia, and the rejection of metanarratives are all elements of postmodernism which can be related back to my life.
Religion is a metanarrative which billions of people around the world partake in. The pre-modern era was "based on a religious or sacred worldview wherein people tended to be at the mercy of their environs, or their guiding spirits, religions, and/or gods" (McGregor 1).
The Nuclear Family
The "nuclear family" was, in the past, the ideal which every family would strive for. The family would typically consist of two parents, a man and his wife, and two children, ideally a boy and a girl.
I challenge this metanarrative simply because my family does not consist of two parents and two children. I am one of the many young people of today's society who have grown up with divorced parents. Actually, my parents were never married, but they have now been split up for many years. Also, I do not have any siblings. I have lived with my mom my whole life, so instead of four people living in my house, there are only two.
I was born in Canada and both of my parents were born in Canada. On my mom's side, my grandfather was born in and grew up in Ireland, and my great-grandmother was from England. On my dad's side, we go back pretty far in Canada, but somewhere along the line was English and French.
My whole cultural identity is made up of different cultures and backgrounds, making this identity fragmented
I was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. In my first three years of life I lived in four cities, and three provinces. For ten years I lived in Toronto, and then when I was thirteen I moved to St. Catharines.
Because I have lived in so many places in such a short amount of time, when people ask, "Where are you from?" I never quite know what to say. Do I tell them where I was born, where I grew up or where I currently live?
Identity is closely related to where one lives. Since I have lived so many places, this fragments my identity greatly.
Klages explains the concept of rejecting metanarratives/grand narratives in her article on postmodernism, "All aspects of modern societies, including science as the primary form of knowledge, depend on these grand narratives. Postmodernism then is the critique of grand narratives, the awareness that such narratives serve to mask the contradictions and instabilities that are inherent in any social organization or practice" (Klages 3).
Metanarratives are "stories a culture tells itself about its practices and beliefs" (Klages 3).
Hyperreality is the concept that, in a postmodern society, simulations have replaced the real. This is particularly evident in our dependence on technology. I can say that my life heavily involves technology in all aspects.
Like any teenager, I am present on pretty much every social media outlet. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr are all parts of my daily routine.
Social media is a simulation of real life. It creates a fantasy world which is desribed by Jessop as "the enchanted postmodern world, filled with meaning and symbols, haunts the disenchanted modern world governed by rationalized economic exchange. Reenchantment requires the creation of elaborate simulations - fantasy worlds which cloud the distinction between the real and the imaginary, and between the true and the false"
When I tweet or post a picture on instagram, I am taking the real and turning it into something that is no longer real, it is only a simulation of the real which exists in these fantasy worlds of social media.
For example, I can take a real situation, such as going to a concert, and turn it into a simulation by posting it on social media.
In my life, I am paranoid of the future.
My music taste varies greatly. The genres I listen to vary from pop, to rock, to hip hop, to country, and everything in between. All these genres are "pasted" together in my iTunes, creating a pastiche of music genres.
My current iTunes genres:
I do not just listen to music, I also play music. I have been playing piano since I was 8 years old. In contrast to the genres of music I listen to, the genre of music in which I primarily play is classical.
This further adds to the pastiche of the musical genres that are in my life. All these genres are pasted together, all under the label of "music" in my life.
"There is no longer a distinction between high and popular culture" (Burke 2).
This quotation can relate to a quotation from the Burke article which states that "real life is what we see on television, television becomes real life" (Burke 3).
This highlights the blurring of lines between reality and simulation.
The smartphone
In our society, the type of smartphone you have seems to greatly define a person. You are either Android, or Apple. Personally, I have an iPhone, and this, to a certain degree, defines who I am. Sometimes, the only thing someone knows about someone else is the type of phone they have. Me, I'm known for having a white iPhone 5C.
Clothing is another way in which people are identified. Some people always wear very nice, expensive, colour-coordinated, name-brand clothing which is seen as a projection of their personality. For me, I usually wear the opposite of that. The clothing I wear consists of a lot of band t-shirts, with jeans and boots. This is something that defines me and how other people see me and identify me.
In a postmodern society, as Klages states, "knowledge becomes functional - you learn things, not to know them, but to use that knowledge" (Klages 4). This is why there is so much emphasis on high school students to get into a good university, so they can get a good job. This is something that terrifies me, knowing that my entire future depends on what I do now, as a 17 year old. I know that my decisions now will have lifetime-long effects on me and I am paranoid of making the wrong decisions. I know that I must get good grades now so I will be accepted into university so I can get a job and have financial security in the future and the ability to support myself and a family. There is so much pressure on high school students, even though most of us still do not know what we want to do. I have never been quite sure what I want to do in and after university, and now suddenly I have to decide.
The rejection of this metanarrative shows how, not just my own life but the lives of my family members are also postmodern, because we reject the metanarrative of the nuclear family
In the postmodern society, this has changed completely where there are many people who are not religious at all. I am one of those people. Neither of my parents are religious so I was not raised in a religious household whatsoever. I have never once in my life been to church and have no desire to. Religion does not really interest me right now, I do not see a point to it and I do not believe in it, although I respect people who do and their religions.
This rejection of possibly the biggest metanarrative shows just how postmodern my life really is.
These are the lyrics to one of my favourite songs "Long Live" by Taylor Swift. I constantly find myself relating situations back to these lyrics and using them in my everyday life. This is just one example of how intertexuality has impacted my life.
In conclusion...
Although it took some thought, and the help of a few postmodern articles, novels, and films, I can now fully say that my life is postmodern. Taking into account all of the elements of postmodernism which exist within my own life - Pastiche, fragmentation, hyperreality, intertextuality, consumerism, paranoia, and the rejection of metanarratives - my life completely represents that of a postmodern world.
I am officially
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