Postmodernism: Into The World of Divergents (Excerpt)

By Juseph Elas

Veronica Roth described them who thinks for their own and who contest the status quo as Divergents. People who can fight a system of aesthetic patterns which a group of learned and manipulative elites used against society to safeguard and assure that their interest will come above those of the proletariats. There exists a group of people who oppresses and who underestimates the power of society by feeding them the wrong ideas, wrong realities, false sense of semblance from the government and dirty politics.

Roth’s idea of a dystopian world where chaos is very much inevitable, spurred by a turning point, and how she played with the power of human mind to govern a being’s psyche and fight outside variables that hinders it to function, highlights the underlying idea of the word postmodernism. Now, not to confuse with modernism, postmodernism posts a skeptical point-of-view of subjects like philosophy, sciences, psychology, sociology, architecture, media, arts, etc. Moreover, it usually creates more questions than answers since it employs Jacques Derrida’s theory of deconstruction.

Postmodernism is the Divergent of all genres in the media world. As mentioned above, Divergents tend to think more consciously compared to those who fall prey to the status quo; letting things happen without alterations. And since they are able to consciously think, they can see more broadly. And broad in this context means that they are not being narrow and shallow; they are giving us more options and a variety of possible interpretations.

When a media text (especially but not exclusively in modernism) is narrowly targeting one idea only, our line of thinking would incline us to favour the thinking its creator has. And we are persuaded that that is reality; that our condescending interpretation is the same with the rest of those who exposed themselves to the same media text.

In postmodernism, media text does not merely employ one target idea. Consider it like a rainbow; one line but with several spectrums. Each spectrum gives meaning, idea, and dictum. Deconstruction then comes in. We are free to interpret that rainbow and our interpretation needn’t to incline the thinking of its author or creator.

Simply put, modernism dictates that our construction of reality and meaning is systematically created and should be linear. Our interpretations must coincide with the media text’s creator. Whereas, in postmodernism, our line of thinking would then become anything goes and nothing goes. We are given the freedom to pass judgment, interpret the text, construct our reality and would allow us to tip the scale on whichever direction we like.


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