Metamodernism is a proposed set of developments in philosophy, aesthetics, and culture which emerge from and react to postmodernism. One definition characterizes metamodernism as mediations between aspects of both modernism and postmodernism.
The Metamodernist Manifesto
In 2011, Luke Turner published The Metamodernist Manifesto as “an exercise in simultaneously defining and embodying the metamodern spirit,” describing it as “a romantic reaction to our crisis-ridden moment.” The manifesto recognized “oscillation to be the natural order of the world,” and called for an end to “the inertia resulting from a century of modernist ideological naivety and the cynical insincerity of its antonymous bastard child.” Instead, Turner proposed metamodernism as “the mercurial condition between and beyond irony and sincerity, naivety and knowingness, relativism and truth, optimism and doubt, in pursuit of a plurality of disparate and elusive horizons,” and concluded with a call to “go forth and oscillate!
on meta to oscillate
The 2013 issue of the American Book Review was dedicated to metamodernism and included a series of essays identifying authors such as Roberto Bolaño, Dave Eggers, Jonathan Franzen, Haruki Murakami, Zadie Smith, and David Foster Wallace as metamodernists
In his formulation of the “quirky” cinematic sensibility, film scholar James MacDowell described the works of Wes Anderson, Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, Miranda July, and Charlie Kaufman as building upon the “New Sincerity”, and embodying the metamodern structure of feeling in their balancing of “ironic detachment with sincere engagement”
In 2017, Daniel Görtz and Emil Friis, writing under the pen name Hanzi Freinacht published The Listening Society in which they construe metamodernism as an active intellectual, social, and political movement emerging to meet crises that potentially arise from globalization. In September 2018, Görtz conducted a TEDx talk in Berlin outlining the development of “value memes” claiming that the metamodern value meme constitutes the highest form yet
Brent Cooper of The Abs-Tract Organization focuses on sociological meta-theory, specifically abstraction as a cognitive process and social process of complexification, which he relates to an emerging metamodernism. Cooper wrote a longform review and analysis of Vermeulen, van den Akker, and Gibbons’ 2017 book Metamodernism: Historicity, Affect, and Depth after Postmodernism, jokingly dubbing their body of thought “The Dutch School” of metamodernism, as his way of differentiating cultural, literary, and other academic theories of metamodernism from those that utilize the concept as a social/political activist intervention. Cooper’s article The Abstraction of Benjamin Bratton attempts to identify Bratton as an implicit metamodern thinker, whose work highlights the intersection of abstract processes and the “accidental” creation of a global governance matrix which he calls “The Stack”.
In 2018, metamodern theory culture manifested in podcasts such as Emerge, by Daniel Thorson, featuring thinkers using and developing metamodernism such as Hanzi Freinacht, Bonnitta Roy, Ronan Harrington, James Surwillo, and Zak Stein. Dr. Stein also appeared on Future Fossils with Michael Garfield discussing his background in Integral Theory and how that leads into a new metamodern metaphysics.
brent – interviews w vinay and michel et al .. and article that seems to bash roy and rowson most.. but also rutt, hall, game b, et al [https://medium.com/the-abs-tract-organization/the-world-thats-emerging-289403c62d5b]
adding page this day.. via michel fb share:
considered in this way, I would have to say that P2P Theory and the work of the P2P Foundation should be considered as ‘metamodern’, as it is also ‘left integral’:
“At its broadest contours, the metamodern view can be considered a kind of higher-order synthesis that includes and transcends both the modernist thesis about rationality and science and the postmodern antithetical critique. In addition, metamodernists tend to view the current state of our knowledge to be overly chaotic and fragmented and advocate for a more integrated pluralism that allows for positive, constructive work on what some have called a “post-postmodern grand meta-narrative.”
personally, I don’t know sufficiently what metamodernism and its offshoots represent, but the 6 characteristics make a lot of sense. I come from the integral stable myself, whcih I find a strong basis (not just wilber, but all of them); so I’ll keep an open mind on metamodernism and will look at its fruits to form a judgment. Unfortunately, I don’t see much time to engage with the foundational works at present, mostly because I have done already a lot of integrative work with integral myself. My aim is not a big meta-narrative, but a good enough one that is commons-centric, it’s more of a strategic engagement with what I consider the priority of this transition.
article april 2020 – by Gregg Henriques – what is metamodernism –
Metamodernism is the cultural code that comes after postmodernism.
This blog is co-authored by Daniel Görtz.
Modernism is a mindset and cultural code that is formed during the emergence of modern science and the Enlightenment (thus, it has been around for ~300 years). It emphasizes reason and rationality, the power of science in deciphering foundational truths about the universe, capitalism, and the idea of human progress. It also emphasizes individuality and universal human rights. Most “modern” industrial societies are primarily organized by these values and codes.
Postmodernism arose mostly in the back half of the 20th century. In direct contrast to modernism, the postmodern viewpoint offers a skeptical critique of modernist knowledge and concludes that the knowledge we generate is always contextual.
At its broadest contours, the metamodern view can be considered a kind of higher-order synthesis that includes and transcends both the modernist thesis about rationality and science and the postmodern antithetical critique. In addition, metamodernists tend to view the current state of our knowledge to be overly chaotic and fragmented and advocate for a more integrated pluralism that allows for positive, constructive work on what some have called a “post-postmodern grand meta-narrative.”
i think our focus on intellect/knowledge.. is killing us.. keeping us from us.. keeping us spinning our wheels and energy sapping us with blah blah blah.. (chewing up and spitting out of non legit data from whales in sea world)
not against the/any convo.. just needs to be at a coffee shop or wherever.. after we’re all free.. not in the midst of a great global ineq (global equity).. and esp not in the midst of a rare global pause
In a recent post to the metamodern discussion group, Daniel Görtz laid out six different domains or dimensions to the construct. Specifically, according to Görtz, metamodernism is: 1) a cultural phase; 2) developmental stage of society; 3) stage of personal development (with different complexly intertwined sub-categories thereof); 4) an abstracted meta-meme; 5) a philosophical paradigm, and 6) a sociopolitical movement. We share these six domains here for you to get a flavor for the movement and its emerging stripes.
part of comments from vinay on post:
Any ideology which does not start with ecological constraints AS THE FIRST AND MOST CENTRAL CONCERN is just rearranging deck chairs on the titanic.
Metamodernism is part of the problem, not part of the solution, and it is extraordinary to see supposedly intelligent people being drawn into this bullshit rather than demanding that any new ideological position STARTS BY FACING REALITY.
Do not facilitate the spread of this cancer of abstract distraction.
If you’re going to help plant a new ideology, *one planet lifestyle* must be at its heart.
climate isn’t deep enough focus..
all the flapping
one planet lifestyle: cure ios city
let’s just focus on that
thinking we need prep/training/isms.. red flags we’re doing it wrong
Metamodern Values Explained | Dr. Daniel P. Görtz | TEDxTUBerlin – [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5USomyB3mZQ]
17 min – metamodernism is when you begin to *value things (rather that a right value) that would help populations develop into later stages of value development.. ie: meditation in school; support from **wounds as a child;.. if not.. can’t expect people to have values that match the age.. only if we outgrow modern values we have been taught that we can resolve problems.. alienation et al.. this is offered uniquely by metamodern values and not by post modern
wow – so *value things like school.. ? as long as it has meditation