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"There is much in postmodern culture which would simply consign past history to raw material for contemporary consumption, as well as much in its theory which would seek to eradicate the otherness of the past by reducing it to a mere function or back-projection of the present."
Please be kind with me and tell:
1. What does mean "consign ... to ..." here ?
2. What is that "back-projection"?
3.Can you rewrite the sentence into kiddish language ?
Within postmodern culture past history tends to become raw material for contemporary consumption, which means it is treated in a superficial way, say, people only throw a fleeting glance at it, and fail to spend time thinking about thoroughly. Nowadays, the past is only acting as some kind of projection screen used for making connections between the past and the present without taking any differences into consideration.
In a nutshell (and quite reduced), there is much in postmodern culture that wants to 'get rid of the past', at least reduce it to something unimportant and insignificant. But that's rather bluntly expressed.
Last edited by Snowcake; 30-May-2008 at 01:13.
What does "back-projection" mean?
"Back projection" means the creating of a background in the studio by projecting film onto a screen behind the actors.
Thus (for example) you might project mountain scenery onto the screen, to spare yourself the expense of filming on location.
All the best,
Not a professional ESL teacher.