Now reading: Digimodernism, by Alan Kirby.

Is Post-modernism dead? Alan Kirby makes a theory about the successor of the most important cultural movement of the second half of the 20th century.

In a sentence, Digimodernism is the cultural effects of new technologies. It’s the impact of computerization on texts and the arts. It’s a whole new cultural paradigm, the successor to postmodernism which bit the dust around the turn of the millennium.

I have started reading his book, and I feel very close to Kirby’s approach, understanding Digimodernism as an evolution of postmodernism, and not as a radically different movement.

As explained here, digimodernism can be summarised in few points:

  • In late 90’s and early 2000’s new technologies permanently altered the relationship between authors, texts, and readers, succeeding postmodernism as the primary cultural milieu.
  • Because of new media, audiences now have unprecedented ability to alter the content of texts, reducing the role of the traditional single author and making texts unstable and ephemeral.
  • Digimodernists texts are characterised by “onwardness, haphazardness, evanescence, and anonymous, social and multiple authorship.”
  • Prime examples of digimodernist texts include the internet as a whole, blogs, reality television shows like American Idol where viewers decide the narrative progression, news programs that rely on viewer-submitted comments, etc.
  • Replacing the uncertainty or self conscious irony of postmodernism, the typical emotional state of digimodernism is the trance, being completely absorbed in and becoming the text.

For more info, visit Alan Kirby’s Website





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