Originally Posted by mafoofan
Rather, I am claiming that the latter half of the twentieth century brought with it a sea change in popular philosophical thinking (namely, postmodernsm). Thus, the nature of many of the the changes has been fundamentally different.
And I think that fundamentalness is all in the mind- not yours, but in the thinkers of the last couple of decades.
At least I'd like to argue it- objectively, the most radical changes to the world happened in the first half of the 20th Century, not the second. Postmodernism might be a reaction to those changes, but it wasn't the cause of them. To make a caricature of it: Modernism as the single guiding idea of (my version of) the upper class died in the fires of WWI and WWII, not the heat of Vietnam or the Cold War.
I like, FNB, the idea that the 30's was "the first time there was a dynamic international exchange of styles, fabrics, colors" but why then, during a great downturn in international trade?
By the way, eg1, I think the Brits get Morlocks, Americans get zombies:
Dawn of the Dead: In this first sequel to Night of the Living Dead, a group of four people take up residence in a deserted mall while trying to stay alive amidst the armies of the dead... Taking stock of their surroundings, they arm themselves, lock down the mall, and destroy the zombies... Tensions begin to build as months go on, however, when they come to realize that they've fallen prey to consumerism..." IMDb