Waning of affect  

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Fredric Jameson in Postmodernism, or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (1991) identifies the third feature of the postmodern age as the "waning of affect". He notes that emotion has not disappeared from the postmodern age, but that it is affected -- a caricature of itself based on the expectations of the observer. He says that "pastiche eclipses parody," as "the increasing unavailability of the personal style" leads to reality becoming a pastiche of stylized versions that are considered authentic, whereas the originals upon which they are based are viewed as fakes.

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