July 8th, 2008 by waynemellinger
I have describe modernity as a term that is used to describe our contemporary era. In it broadest sense modernity refers to the forms of social life that emerged in the 19th century, that involved industrial capitalism and urbanization, particularly as found in Western societies. Of course, social life is very different in 2008 from 1908, and different in Mexico City than it is the Stockholm.
Clearly modernity takes many forms.
As I have been writing this blog I continually note features that seem uniquely “modern”. What are the defining features of modernity?
Here is a list:
- rapid increase in sophistication of technology
- military / state power
- reflexive attitude
- dynamic nature and rate of social change
- persistent concern for examining everyday life through reflexive monitoring
- self-identity as a reflexive project
- quest for authenticity
- individualism, loss of conenctedness
- awareness of the absurdity of existence
- ecological ruins
- massive levels of addiction
- mass inequality
- mass psychology of misery
- instant global communication
- civil inattention