“Eclecticism is the degree zero of contemporary general culture: you listen to reggae, you watch a western, you eat McDonald’s at midday and local cuisine at night, you wear Paris perfume in Tokyo and dress retro in Hong Kong, knowledge is the stuff of TV game shows”
–Jean-François Lyotard, The Postmodern Explained to Children, 17.
“is postmodernity the pastime of an old man who scrounges in the garbage-heap of finality looking for leftovers, who brandishes unconsciousnesses, lapses, limits, confines, goulags, parataxes, non-senses, or paradoxes, and who turns this into the glory of his novelty, into his promise of change?”
–Lyotard, The Differend, §182.
“‘Postmodern’ simply indicates a mood, or better, a state of mind. It could be said that it involves a change in people’s relation to the problem of meaning …”
–Jean-François Lyotard, “Rules and Paradoxes and Svelte Appendix,” 209.