"Make it new." This phrase, coined by Ezra Pound, became the motto for the modernist movement in poetry. The modernists wanted to break from the traditional rules of the past to create a new kind of poetry which would reflect their era. "Make it new" was the catchphrase which spurred their artistic innovation.

In post-modern society, we are still obsessed with newness. Technological innovation is widely regarded as synonymous with progress. As we put more stock into the future, our memory of the past has become less important. "What have you done for me lately?" is a current catchphrase which reflects our increased expectations for each other. Our obligations have grown at the same rate as our technology has improved. The result is that people today are not necessarily any happier than they were 100 years ago. Isn't that the true measure of progress?

Newness becomes old when it ceases to improve our lives. The modernist movement was not a movement because it was new. The modernist movement occurred because of innovative creation which added something to art.

We can apply this judgment of practicality to invented worlds and new technology:
  • How can these creations help us make our lives more meaningful or satisfying?
  • When does an invented world improve our lives, and when is it an unhealthy escape?
  • How can we use technology to help us attain true progress in our society, and when is technology an impediment to progress?

These are some of the main questions I want to explore in my wiki.

Works Cited:

Alter, Lloyd. "H2PIA: A Vision of a Hydrogen Future" Online post to Treehugger, 7 April 2006.

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