i get anxiety because idk what will come after postmodernism
They’ll retroactively declare that postmodernism was actually prepostmodernism, thereby allowing them to move on to postmodernism and not have to worry about what comes next for a few decades
Actually with our society’s current fixation on apocalypse and survival - changing the landscape of the world into one unrecognizable which must therefore be explored and rediscovered - it’s more likely that we’ll actually be returning to modernism, as evidenced by narratives such as the Walking Dead. On the other hand, another perspective is that we are turning away from introspective exploration in literature (aka postmodernism) and returning even further back to just good ole story telling where meaning CAN be derived from work but isn’t the main focus of studying it - rather just looking at the different ways in which we tell stories (orally, written, through art, performance, etc.) and enjoying their differences… which will then lead us back to a super-experimental version of storytelling that explores what it means to actually tell a story in a world we do not fully grasp (aka, modernism). So. Like. No matter what, modernism is coming back. So our era now is really just post-modern-pre-second-wave-modernism.