Communication in the Post-modern World in Pynchon’s “The Crying of Lot 49”

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Communication in the Post-modern World in Pynchon’s "The Crying of Lot 49"
English 1131: Intro to Fiction
Section A
Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49 is a text which is, in a significant way, concerned with communication in the post-modern world. The major difference between communications in the past (that is, before the post-modern) and the post-modern is that the latter presents such a complexity of forces that it is unintelligible. And a major reason for this is advancements in technology. The Oxford Concise Dictionary of Literary Terms makes the connection clear, with its contention that post modernism refers to “the products of the age of mass television since the 1950s ... characterized by a superabundance of disconnected images...
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.....ith the reality of modern life. The political, social, and religious changes that were affecting many people were not, in any significant way, connected to the European realism of the past. Western Europeans did not have to contend with powerful traditional beliefs – “Against the judgment of the wise
neighbor
woman, for whom angels in those times were the fugitive survivors of a spiritual conspiracy” – or the equally powerful Catholic Church (specifically Catholicism in developing countries): “The parish priest had his first suspicion of an imposter when he saw that he did not understand the language of God or know how to greet His ministers.” The conflicting realities of these forces forced upon the perceiver, a world that was
phantastic
.