Communication and Media Studies, Digital Scholarship, Literary Studies, Postcolonial Studies

Digital Postmodernism and Postcolonialism

05.01.18 | Comment?

Whereas the late 20th century was defined by cultural critics in terms of postmodernism and postcolonialism, in the 21st century our world is increasingly being described as post-human. Digital interactivity has triggered a transformation whose impact is greater than that of any other innovation in the history of technologies of communication. According to a 2016 Ericsson Mobility Report, over 90% of the world’s population will be covered by mobile broadband networks by 2021. “The world has been redrawn,” claims the Internet critic Andrew Keen, “as a distributed network.” It is becoming evident that we too are being redrawn as human beings, as individuals, and as citizens. [….]

At the heart of the change from analogue and print to digital is the capacity for connectedness that information technology brings – connectedness of information in and between databases, between experts and the public, between communities across the world, and between the arts and the sciences.


Arthur, Paul Longley. “Digital Postmodernism and Postcolonialism.” In Claiming the Difference: Identity in Literatures and Cultures, edited by Sarangadhar Baral, 21–28. New Delhi: Authorspress, 2018.

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Paul Arthur is Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Research Fellow and Chair in Digital Humanities and Social Sciences, at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. He speaks and publishes widely on major challenges and changes facing 21st-century society, from the global impacts of technology on communication, culture and identity