Even before starting to read for my PhD, while translating Julian Bell's history of art book "Mirror of the World", I've come to coin the term of 'Ghost-Modernism'.
In fact, to ensure the coining of this term would be 'minted' in this day and age of symbolic interaction via Facebook, Twitter etc. in a more meaningful way, I've started blogging and, on the 22nd of November 2007, I've duly published An Op-ed About the Advent of Ghost-Modernism. Shortly afterwards, Julian (Bell) was asking my permission to use this term in his history of art classes, in London, giving my name as reference for it.
Since then, I've used the term 'Ghost-Modernism' on a countless number of occasions, such as when publishing it at the start of my PhD, in 2008, upon announcing the title of my thesis, or when subsequently publishing it in the reputed Romanian journal 'Sfera Politicii'.
Yet nowadays, a random Google search will reveal that my coining, even if used, admittedly, in different contexts to the ones intended by me, has been taken over by several other internet users.
Thus, from the 'spirit cruisers' at The Now Age or the guys at Evernote, peddling tangent meanings to such people as Jimmy Stamp, a writer for some important magazines, such as Smithsonian, Wired, The Journal of Architecture Education, The Architect's Newspaper etc. people are using the power of the internet to invoke ever new meanings to a term that initially was merely trying to highlight the lack of meaning in our times...
Bogdan Lepadatu PhD