Several historical events led to the development and shaping of postmodern writers today. Some significant events include:
- The Vietnam War (1954-1975) — seen as a “postmodern war” as people began to focus less on the fight and more on the conditions the soldiers were coming home in (see The Things They Carried)
- The Cold War (1947-1991) — created a sense of insecurity and paranoia among the American people, which was reflected in the writing of the time
- New Technology (1950s-today) — the rise of Apple and other big time tech corporations gave people the power to access information globally. It also gave the government opportunities to spy on the American people. This also spawned an age of paranoia that still continues today.