Modernity as said by Berman in the experience of Moderity, is an era of transformation, change and excitement. Everything we know that was fixed, things that we were used to is transforming and changing. The change promises us a better future. We are in a maelstrom, being swept up in the excitement and anticipation of the creation of new human environments. Somewhere for us to thrive and develop. The beginning of this change is a catalyst and starts a journey, not only of change but of discovery. Modernity binds people from all over the globe bringing then together to challened people of power. Creating a revolution of bettering our world continuously.
Urban modernisation is another form of changing for the better. Haussman’s remodeling of Paris in 1853-1870, showed modernity clearly. Taking slums and clearing them out to open up the city. Taking a complex medieval city and turning it into a fun and easy place to explore and adapt. Commercializing streets, making public areas for people to enjoy together. However in a way he also took a unique city and made it ‘see through’, people can be seen and in a way manipulated into accepting the changes and enjoying them. London, Berlin and New York were also modernized at this time. Charles Marville documented this modernisation.
19th century poet Charles Baudelaire wrote his essay “The painter of modern life’ published in 1863, during these social changes. Baudelaire’s Flaneur soaks up the next exciting changes, ‘he enters the crowd as though it were an immense reservoir of electric energy’. He was experiencing it for the first time as a tourist in his own city. However Sociologist Georg Simmel, says the city is a space of over-stimulation. There is so much going on, so much rushing that it is overbearing. The bustle and clutter of a city causes people detach from each other, the opposite of what modernity as said by Berman was meant to accomplish.
Modernisation and obscolescence . Everyday life registers the process of modernisation as an incessant accumulation of debris. There is continual demand for the new, the better. The circulation of new to old is too fast and driven purely by money. What is modernity if it always produces so much rubbish, so much stuff we no longer want as the new has come along.