Everything, All the Time, Everywhere: How We Became Postmodern by Stuart Jeffries (Verso, 2022) unravels postmodernity from the early 1970s until today.
Post-Modernity is the creative destruction that has shattered our present times into fragments. It dynamited modernism which had dominated the western world for most of the 20th century. Post-modernism stood for everything modernism rejected: fun, exuberance, irresponsibility. But beneath its glitzy surface, post-modernism had a dirty secret: it was the fig leaf for a rapacious new kind of capitalism. It was also the forcing ground of the ‘post truth’, by means of which western values got turned upside down.
Stuart Jeffries recasts the story of our times, revealing what has driven a revolution in everyday life. He tells this history through a riotous gallery that includes, amongst others: David Bowie, the Ipod, Frederic Jameson, the demolition of Pruit-Igoe, Madonna, Post-Fordism, Jeff Koon’s ‘Rabbit’, Deleuze and Guattari, the Nixon Shock, The Bowery series, Judith Butler, Las Vegas, Margaret Thatcher, Grand Master Flash, I Love Dick, the RAND Corporation, the Sex Pistols, Princess Diana, the Musee D’Orsay, Grand Theft Auto, Perry Anderson, Netflix, and 9/11,
– Stuart Jeffries, Everything, All the Time, Everywhere : How We Became Postmodern (Verso, 2022)
The text is in English. No illustrations.