I thought a lot about Will's comments on postmodernism and found this in Michael Real's Exploring Media Culture (1996) He calls postmodernism the "elusive present" and lists these characteristics:
1 - the domination of the style of pastiche in art, architecture and overall aesthitics, a style that combines "unlikely combinations" of styles borrowed from past cultural products...
2 - the breakdown of "grand narratives," especially the "metanarrative of science as universal human problem-solver..."
3 - the centrality of communication technologies to provide global access to "a culture of mass reproduction ...or copies of which there is no original..."
4 - the consumer culture of late capitalism, where the "Puritan ethic of production has been replaced by the commercial ethic of conspicuous consumption"
5 - "the fragmentation of sensibility into discontinuous forms of knowledge and culture in which anchored mearings and permament principles are absent...includes a culture marked by excess and overload and ...art marked by...minimalism and decoration, together with a personal and social life dominated by the pleasure principle, relativism, privatism , and a schizophremia that dips in and out of different personalities...."
6 - "an inability to resolve from within postmodernism the dilemmas that postmodernism describes so forcefully..."
Given these characteristics of postmodernism and others we discussed, are we there yet, or somewhere in between?