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Here, Lyotard identifies the modern with a universalist, emancipatory metanarrative, which declares a break with tradition, a tabula rasa and a new beginning that will institute 'new ways of living and thinking'; and he describes this modern gesture of rupture and renewal as a compulsively repeated one, characterisable psychoanalytically as acting-out rather than working-through: 'We now suspect that this "rupture" is in fact a way of forgetting or repressing the past, that is to say, repeating it and not surpassing it'.
A correct focus will provide a clear image--a market map with identifiable and characterisable segments.