It is all so contemporary! Actually it is postmodern. It is all about the constructed narrative.
The Whitney Biennial has recursive art that mocks boundaries, authority and subverts truth as it is known and experienced in art.
Tom DeLay spins it all as "politics of personal destruction."
Jeff Skilling takes as his motto the words of a supporter written after his U.S. Senate testimony: "Willing to Take a Stand." For what? Now that he is on the stand, his lead attorney has helped thread the perception of the Enron truth weaving. As written by Greg Farrell in USA Today on April 14, many of the government's 22 witnessese were "wrong or misinterpreted," Skilling repeatedly declared. Skilling said prosecutors were "purposely not looking at the facts." You can follow along at the Enron Trial Watch Houston Chronicle staff blog here.
What is "it"? "It" is variably defineable. Truth is owned by the victors, able to be created and altered, capable of becoming myth with repetition and in the postmodern theoretical construct, very fuzzy. Brands are creatable and reality is malleable. The selling of truth is an art.
Enron tilted it all. Just look at the logo. With Enron, it's Skilling's word against theirs, according to this AP article. Washington Post's Frank Ahrens on Lower Learning blog: Skilling got a little pissy.
Truth goes to the winners in the modern media world. Hey: think O.J. The glove can be made to fit anything. MotherPie on Enron and Va-Va-Voom (best reads on the trial).
Talking points as truth. Ethereal art. Real or not? So very, very beyond contemporary. Alice in Wonderland was ahead of her time. So was George Orwell. MotherPie on Truth, Myth and McDonald's is another au courant example.
From a mama's point of view, you're either pregnant or you're not. Not many postmodern shades of gray with that one. Just one big fairy tale.