Apr 19, 2004

Aporia for the masses
Once upon a time, in the '90s, regular Americans learned about postmodernism and it was via neither the foisting of lecherous liberal nor the shrill "sky-is-falling"s of cranky old conservatives. They learned something about postmodernism when popular culture discovered air quotes and was, thereby, allowed to speak of and think of irony.

They served their purpose, opened the popular discourse to irony, spawned Seinfeld and made an appearance on Friends, became really annoying (which was the publics' fault) and passed away.

What we need now are air parentheses. It's their time. Let deconstruction (Deconstruction's aporia, deferment, eccentric centers, alterity) enter the popular conscious via air parentheses.