postmodern vs. progressivism

One connotation of “postmodern” is a slippery relationship of representation with reality, an unwillingness to assume a single underlying real condition or organizing principle.  In the modern campaign, candidates experiment with what is working with voters in a constant, ongoing process.  The reality of the campaign is constantly evolving, so the progressive impulse of journalism (the “reality-based community”) is often in tension with this tendency.  Journalistic “progressive” instinct is that the facts can be uncovered eventually revealing the truth (a modernist idea), while candidates seem willing to create their own on-going truths–are they “lying” or “adapting”?  Comedy sketches succeed when they tap into some understood “narrative” about a candidate;  whether it’s “true” or not eventually becomes irrelevant to its viability.


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