Trust to cultural code: situation of metamodern

N. O. Nogovitsyn


The article discusses some aspects of the influence of hypertext (as a form and structure of text organization) on modern culture. The main hypothesis is that the form of the text influences the reader's position and, as a consequence, the reader's attitude to the text. The transition from postmodern to metamodern culture was largely due to the restructuring of the text form, which is basic to European culture. The classical, linear form of text inevitably leads us to the postmodern idea of the loss of trust in the code of culture. Narrative becomes a code, the subject becomes the medium in which this code is triggered. Through reflexivity, the subject loses trust in these narratives. Such signs of postmodern culture as distrust of metanarratives and postmodern irony are related to this. The situation is changing thanks to the emergence of a new form of text, which we most often call hypertext. This form threatens the very gesture of doubt. Irony now refers not so much to the code as to the very subject that performs the code. Hypertext thus turns out to be one of the foundations of the new sincerity and one of the basic formats for metamodern culture as a whole. The study is conducted on the material of interactive forms of literature, both classical and electronic.


metamodern; virtual culture; postmodern; new sincerity; hypertext


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