We learned how to be hypnotized by the media, politically correct speech and what postmodern theorist Lyotard calls “metanarratives.” (Metanarrative: a totalizing or global cultural narrative that provides a prototype or parable to define and order knowledge. In good keeping with postmodern analogy, it’s like that culture on Star Trek Next Generation about communication with the race that spoke only in metaphor. “Shaka and the walls fell.” Truth is unique to the understanding of the culture.) Consumers and postmoderns desire this hypnotic illusion and seek it out at great cost. In his book “Real Teens,” Barna’s research demonstrates that “the goal of communication with postmoderns is not knowledge, insight or discovery: It is participation, acceptance and belonging. This may bring greater insight into the changing nature of the ever-present world of entertainment. Rather than provide the audience with beauty, creativity, self-enlightenment or wisdom, postmodern entertainment is all about escapism, exploding accepted limits and exploiting technique.”
The next post moves from the escapism (developing from disillusionment, relative moratilty/situational ethics) into the causative factors of what Barna describes here as "exploding accepted limits and exploiting technique."
"(Commercialism could be defined as transforming every aspect of life into a commodity to be bought and sold for profit and gain.) "Interesting. This is exactly what is going on in the church and the home schooling movement. I didn't realize that this was post-modernism. I had always thought it was liberal Christianity.I am looking forward to reading this series.August 3, 2007 12:06 PM
We're admonished to be in the world and not of the world, but we are still deeply affected by the world in which we live.Acquiring profit always played a major role in civilization and life in general. In postmodernism, we buy the image without considering the merit of the product. We buy illusions with hope of finding satisfaction.I'm saddened but not surprised that this is prevalent within subcultures of the church with the church as a subculture of the society at large.August 3, 2007 5:17 PM