|Gifts for your Postmodern Friends|
|Written by Michael Fones|
|Wednesday, 16 December 2009 09:26|
I have been a fan of Despair.com ever since someone gave me a link to their website. They are a great example of postmodern angst and cynicism - and usually very, very funny, at least from my droll Midwestern sense of humor. As Garrison Keillor has (more or less) said about us upper midwesterns, "we aren't very comfortable with excellence."
They have a whole line of posters known as "Demotivators." The image at the head of this post is an example. They are spoofs of those glossy motivational posters like the one with a man on top of a mountain in a clear blue-skied morning. Below the picture in large red letters is the word, AMBITION, and below it the motivational slogan, "Aspire to climb as high as you can dream."
Demotivators, on the other hand, are meant to "increase success by lowering expectations." I guess I'm at least somewhat influenced by postmodern cynicism because I find most of these hilarious. One of my favorites - although it doesn't apply to the Catherine of Siena Institute - is this one:
If we really cared for the customer we'd send them somewhere better.