Distraction Therapy 059 – Metamodern Musings

What is metamodernism? This is the ongoing topic that Ryan Clayton and I are mulling over in our conversations. Is metamodernism simply an extension of postmodernism, or does it offer something new, and point towards an emerging ‘structure of feeling’ that is only now being brought into focus. Raymond Williams uses the “feeling rather than thought to signal that what is at stake may not yet be articulated in a fully worked-out form, but has rather to be inferred by reading between the lines. If the term is vague it is because it is used to name something that can really only be regarded as a trajectory. It is this later formulation that is most widely known.” https://www.oxfordreference.com

Our innovation this week is to explore the #metamodern tag on Twitter and Instagram, so this is our first attempt to try to make sense of this idea and associated creative practices.

Music in this episode is from:

Roadrunner 4:05 Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers Roadrunner: The Beserkley Collection
Yabaal 5:57 Dur-Dur Band Dur Dur of Somalia, Vol. 1 & 2 (Analog Africa No. 27)

Books mentioned:

Erich Neuman (1990) Depth Psychology and a New Ethic, Shambhala

Hubert L. Dreyfus (1991) Being in the World: Commentary on Heidegger’s “Being and Time”, Division 1, MIT Press

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