Ok to pick up on my previous post, I found a quote that summarized postmodernism in such a way that it actually makes sense. My professor would hate this, since he says pomo defies summary explanation, but he can suck it; this explains it pretty well:
Although diverse and eclectic, postmodernism can be recognized by two key assumptions.
First, the assumption that there is no common denominator – in ‘nature’ or ‘truth’ or ‘God’
or ‘the future’ – that guarantees either the One-ness of the world or the possibility of
neutral or objective thought. Second, the assumption that all human systems operate like
language, being self-reflexive rather than referential systems – systems of differential
function which are powerful but finite, and which construct and maintain meaning and
From the Routledge Encyclopedia entry on postmodernism.