The enigma of post-modernity
Post-modernity is embedded in the growing public awareness of the reality of cultural diversity. Post-modern philosophers were quick to recognise that the collapsing of hierarchies and challenging of traditional cultural forms is closely related to questions of power and authority. In post-modern culture all musical forms are thrown into a common melting pot, and the selection from the plurality of musical culture takes place on the basis of personal preference rather than any perceived musical value. The post-modern implosion of traditional hierarchies of order and meaning has led to a flattening out of critical judgement. The Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges has chosen to follow an agenda clearly worlds apart from the modern desire to order and control reality. Borges's Chinese encyclopaedia would certainly not gain access to the biology section, though it may well find an important place on the fiction shelves. This chapter also presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in this book.