Dislocated

by Caleb Roberts

So I come finally to my principal point here, that this latest mutation in space — postmodern hyperspace — has finally succeeded in transcending the capacities of the individual human body to locate itself, to organize its immediate surroundings perceptually, and to map cognitively its position in a mappable external world.  And I have already suggested that this alarming disjunction between the body and its built environment — which is to the initial bewilderment of the older modernism as the velocities of spacecraft are to those of the automobile — can itself stand as the symbol and analogue of that even sharper dilemma, which is the incapacity of our minds, at least at present, to map the great global, multinational and decentred communicational network in which we find ourselves caught as individual subjects. (15-16)

Fredric Jameson | “Postmodernism and Consumer Society” in The Cultural Turn: Selected Writings on the Postmodern, 1983-1998.

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