What are the ways that postmodern, 21st century American culture & society remind one of Victorian
English society out of Charles Dickens' novels? The more I observe postmodern American society, the more Charles Dickens acute observations via his novels resonate strongly with me. What about you?
I would say very little. Society at large seems to have lost a sense of embarrassment. While I'm glad many of the restrictions on individual rights are gone, we should still have a little sense of shame. But people don't seem to care. Maybe social media has been catalyst for that.
Is 21st century American culture and society "postmodern"? It seems to me that American culture and society accepts the core foundational principles of the "Enlightenment" and "Scientific Revolution." It has always been my understanding that American culture and society has never challenged the assumptions that have come out of those movements.
If American culture and society were, say, based on the philosophy of "Marxism," for example, then I would say that we are a postmodern society and culture, because Karl Marx was what is considered a "postmodern" thinker.
I would imagine that an actual "postmodern" society is a very hard thing to achieve. Even the Soviet Union, at the end of the day, was not a "postmodern" society, despite its alleged devotion to "socialism."
As for resemblance of present-day "Modern" American culture and society to Victorian-age England: I suppose it lies in the fact that the United States has perhaps the highest child poverty rate among all the other advanced industrial nations of the world.
Oh yeah, and we imprison numerically more and a greater percentage of our citizens---especially the black and brown folk---than any other country in the world; we're gloriously number one in that department. No doubt the prison also doubles as the "workhouses" of old.
Recall "The Christmas Carol" in which Scrooge, unsympathetic to the poor, says to the Spirit of Christmas Present, concerning the poor: "Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?"
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