I have some friends from college who get together every six months to catch up on life and have fun wide-ranging conversations. It’s great because we are each on completely different career paths. I mean seriously different: a professional model, rock star, a renaissance man (lawyer / politician / music industry exec), the Treasurer of the Yankees, a pastor, and myself.
As our careers have started to take shape, it’s really interesting to see us wrestling with many of the same issues. Obviously, part of this is because we’re all relatively early in our respective careers. However, another similarity is that we all have a very vested interest professionally in the evolution of media and it’s intersection with society.
As a technology entrepreneur, I always finish the weekend with a renewed deep sense of responsibility and excitement for the products my peers & I create. Therefore, I was particularly interested in an article that Fred Wilson linked to a few days ago - ‘The Death of Postmodernism and Beyond‘ in Philosophy Today. The author, Alan Kirby, states:
The shift from modernism to postmodernism did not stem from any profound reformulation in the conditions of cultural production and reception; all that happened, to rhetorically exaggerate, was that the kind of people who had once written Ulysses and To the Lighthouse wrote Pale Fire and The Bloody Chamber instead. But somewhere in the late 1990s or early 2000s, the emergence of new technologies re-structured, violently and forever, the nature of the author, the reader and the text, and the relationships between them.
He goes on to discuss how this has ushered in a new generation he calls ‘pseudo-modernist’ and defines the delineation as approximately people born after 1980. It’s a really good read and I plan on spending some more time thinking about it.
Interestingly, my friends are also coming to Pittsburgh this weekend to hang out for one of our semi-annual times together. Between spending time with the guys and contemplating the fact that I’m helping create products that change society who knows what I’ll be thinking about by next week! However, I’m guessing a few think out loud posts are in this blog’s pipeline. (Consider this fair warning if you want to unsubscribe now.)