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In a world of delusions illusions allusions and virtual realities but also of constructed realities and of deconstructed textualities the means of representation the signs have dissolved in the ongoing process of infinite semiosis The crisis of representation is the apprehension of a world in which the signs have lost their power to represent anything Where is the structural foundation of text in a network of hypertextuality exactly what is this structural ground for postmodernism to existJean Francois Lyotard argues that the post in postmodern has always existed that modernity always contained moments of postmodernism From early architecture onwards mankind rarely rebuilds a space but generates a multiplicity of small transformations in the space it inheritsDefining the postmodern This succession is dependable upon earlier periods whether progressive or regressive Lyotard claims that chronology is totally modern and if postmodern means breaking away by forgetting or repressing the past then we would be repeating it and not overcoming it His second point in differentiating modern and postmodern is contained within the idea of progress rooted in the certainty that the development of the arts technology knowledge and liberty would be profitable to mankind as a whole Defining the postmodern Yet what is the subject to be emancipated between the 19th and 20th centuries and earlier periods and surely liberation is too be held by discoveries institutions and enterprise as wellLyotard further questions Auschwitz in relation to modernity as empirical and utopian Then there is the progress of science and its resulting complexification the ability to complexify mediate memorize and synthesize every object is seen more as an obligation rather than emancipation His third argument is related to the expressions of thought for example art and the avant garde It is apparently to mankinds relief that avant gardism is over because of its strict structure and military connotations Yet was it not the works of such artists such as Manet Duchamp and Newman that paved the way
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