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Six Degrees of Separation Chaos o 1 st Degree: Modernism and Postmodernism o 2 nd Degree: The Event of Six Degrees o 3 rd Degree: 1980s/90s cultural context Control o 4 th Degree: Disconnection/connection o 5 th Degree: Cunning cons o 6 th Degree: Postmodern ethics 20 th Century Modernism o Aesthetic modernism, Martin Jay writes “has an unprecedented preoccupation with the interior landscape of the subject, a no longer self confident self function with increased difficulty in the larger world outside its threatened and vulnerable boundaries” Jean-Francois Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition (1979) o “Simplifying to the extreme, I define postmodern as incredulity toward metanarrative. This incredulity is a product of progress in sciences: but that progress in turn presupposes it. To the obsolescence of the metanarrative apparatus of legitimation corresponds, most notably, the crisis of metaphysical philosophy and of the university institution which in the past relied on it. The narrative function is losing its functors, its great hero, its great dangers, its great voyages, its great goal. It is being dispersed in clouds of narrative language elements—so on. Conveyed within each cloud are pragmatic valences specific to its kind. Each of us lives at the inter-section of many of these. However, we do not necessarily establish stable language combinations, and the properties of the ones we do establish are not necessarily communicable? Postmodern Theatre o Meta-theatrical staging Description of the theatre describing itself Our Town Calls out people in the audience, etc. o Breaking the 4 th Wall Wall b/w audience and stage Make audience come up on stage Broken often by Ouisa and Finn They are aware as actors and characters that it is being staged for the public (ex. Don’t was liable) o Lack of linear narrative structure Flashbacks and events happening at the same time Non-linear timeline o The inclusion of multimedia, such as film o Focus on multiple, competing language games o

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