Whenever a stupid school of thought is rejected and superseded by an even stupider school of thought, liberal arts types like to use the prefix “post” to denote the shift to the newer, more incomprehensible school of thought. People got tired of structuralism, so they invented post-structuralism. People got tired of modernism, so they invented post-modernism. People got tired of punk, so they invented post-punk.
Any concept bearing the prefix “post” usually cannot be defined or described with clarity. This is because anything bearing the word “post” means that its adopters suddenly decided that what existed before really sucked and moved on without formulating a real belief system. As a result, they can’t give you a good reason why it exists and instead embark on tortured circular arguments to explain what it is and why its emergence is justified. (Sort of like Republicans trying to explain the rationale behind the war in Iraq.)
Take for example, the mullet. Lesbians have been plagued by mullet jokes for decades. However, no lesbian nowadays actually sports the classic “business in the front, party in the back” mullet. The mullet has been rejected and superseded in favor of the post-mullet, which is a hairstyle so indescribable that any attempt to define it would be a useless exercise.
(Is looking like your hair survived the Chernobyl disaster a prerequisite for appearing on Bravo?)
(I can’t even think of anything witty. I’m stricken with shock and awe.)
(I pity the foo’ whose head loses a fight with a lawnmower.)
This just goes to show that change is not always good. Although the classic mullet was a dreadful hairstyle, what came afterwards was far more terrifying.