Saturday, March 06, 2004

the postmodern in 1 sentence

A story in response to Tim’s comment: in three words (i.e., “Postmodernism is _____”).

So it is 9 am on a Sunday morning late last year. Barely awake, barely functioning, I am doing a workshop, with Mark Pierson from Cityside. The prescribed title (NOT our choice) was “Postmodern communication.” The prescribed audience is New Zealand Bapist Assembly.

In true postmodern style, Mark and I have prepared a deck of cards with a different topic on each card and an egg timer. An audience member will choose a card from the deck and we have “egg timer” time to answer. It will be participatory, interactive, audience-driven, random, chaotic, fast moving … (not that I am defining the postmodern in 1 sentence).

Before we start a hand shoots up. I am not sure I am in right place. Can you define postmodernity for me in 1 sentence? This man might be looking for the right place, but suddenly I sense I am in the wrong place.

Posted by steve at 03:07 PM


  1. Still chuckling over this!!!

    Comment by Larraine — March 6, 2004 @ 5:52 pm

  2. “I am not sure I am in the right place.”
    Postmodernity in a sentence… ?

    Comment by maggi — March 7, 2004 @ 2:13 am

  3. Or, rather, “postmodern Christianity in one sentence”! 🙂


    Comment by timsamoff — March 7, 2004 @ 8:24 am

  4. The postmodern in 1 sentence…

    Seems that I started a few people thinking over at Steve’s E~mergent Kiwi Blog the other day, with a comment about defining postmodernism with brevity… My comment from Steve’s post: …I think the postmodernist who finally convinc…

    Comment by Tim Samoff — March 9, 2004 @ 8:29 am

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