Academic journal article Tamara : Journal of Critical Postmodern Organization Science

I Am the Very Model of an Eloquent Postmodernist

Academic journal article Tamara : Journal of Critical Postmodern Organization Science

I Am the Very Model of an Eloquent Postmodernist

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Abstract

This is a parody of a song by Gilbert and Sullivan. It is meant to provide a model of postmodern reading.

To Gilbert and Sullivan's tune: "I am the very model of a modern Major-General'

I am the very model of an eloquent postmodernist,

I know not to be logocentric, factual, or modernist,

I've learned to be reflexive and to challenge all my meanings,

I'm definitely suffering from those postmodernist leanings;

I know I'm at the mercy of unstopping reflexivity,

But not to let it lead to unproductive inactivity,

I know all of the writers through from Derrida to Foucault,

I - understand the concepts but I still can't work out Hassard though.

(He understands the concepts but he still can't work out Hassard though.)

I know now I'm a user of this tool we call de-centricism,

I'm open to a lot of other modernistic criticism,

I don't believe that words and meanings definitely pre-exist,

I am the very model of an eloquent postmodernist.

(He don't believe that words and meanings definitely pre-exist, He is the very model of an eloquent postmodernist.)

I dismiss the idea of such a rationalistic manager,

The new techniques I exercise have made me quite a connoisseur,

Though now I know that meanings simply are representational,

Applying consequences to - frames organisational;

I know these lead to problems of such a great enormity,

But still I'm not subverted by the modernist conformity,

I quote philosophy from Descartes, Russell, Kant, and Nietzsche,

But - I still haven't worked out if this last guy is our teacher! …

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