PRINT September 1984


THE POWERFUL, AND PROBLEMATIC, generator of European culture was its progressivism, its belief that history moved on, that things improved. This was the ideology of the modern that propelled the European idea to its ultimate expression in America. Now, as American power has consolidated, this linear belief system has begun to fade, its practicality replaced by a more effectively repressive concept of progress as eternal return, the cyclic time of myth in which culture no longer evolves but simply revolves. In this “post-Modern” world, history is no longer a tool of self-identification, and ultimately of autonomy, but is instead merely an instant commodity. With this new order the idea of generation is disappearing with the possibility of regeneration. What is established is a dislocated flashback, a disjointed, inarticulate history that speaks of nothing so much as a loss of memory. It

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