Post is the key word of our times

“The theme of this book is the unremarkable prefix ‘post.’ It is the key word of our time. Everything is ‘post.’ We have become used to post-industrialism now for some time, and we can still more or less make sense of it. With post-modernism things begin to get blurred. The concept of post-Enlightenment is so dark even a cat would hesitate to venture in. It hints at a ‘beyond’ which it cannot name, and in the substantive elements that it names and negates it remains tied to the familiar. Past plus post – that is the basic recipe with which we confront a reality that is out of joint.” (Ulrich Beck, 1992)

Ages ago I wrote about the band Thursday after seeing them play (April 9, 2009):

Perhaps I should have referred to them as “Post-Hardcore”. It almost seems like a genre they give to modern “Punk” bands that they find OK, or a step above the other ones. This band did put out a song called “Ian Curtis”. Tell me what you think, i’m interested….

So keen on figuring out this term “post” that really didn’t have a meaning, but just sort of made it stand out from everything else. If Ulrich Beck can’t figure this one out, I’m hanging my hat up!


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