What Are We, Then?

Postmodernism, Globalization, and the Meta-Ethics of Contemporary Communication

Authored by: Bryan C. Taylor , Leonard C. Hawes

The Handbook of Communication Ethics

Print publication date:  December  2010
Online publication date:  January  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415994644
eBook ISBN: 9780203890400
Adobe ISBN: 9781135846671

10.4324/9780203890400.ch7

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Abstract

Not so long ago, use of the term postmodernism provoked widespread enthusiasm, anxiety, and outrage in audiences as they confronted growing disenchantment with traditional sources of authority and dramatic upheavals of tradition. More recently, however, the concept has aged and settled, scarred by the reactionary vitriol of its critics, and encrusted by its institutionalization in contemporary architecture, business, education, and religion. There (and seemingly everywhere), “postmodernism” has become a condition, a topic, a slogan, and a bid for legitimacy. It has been enshrined, condemned, and generally sustained as the master-sign of a controversial, “rapidly-changing world” (see Best & Kellner, 2001; Hutcheon, 2002).

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