Kirby first presented this theory in a 2006 article entitled "The death of postmodernism and beyond." In 2009 Kirby expanded these ideas into a book, Digimodernism: How New Technologies Dismantle the Postmodern and Reconfigure Our Culture. Most recently, Kirby published an article entitled "Succesor states to an empire in freefall" in the May 2010 issue of the British periodical Times Higher Education. According to these sources, here are the main ideas of digimodernism:
- In late 90's and early 2000's new technologies permanently altered the relationship between authors, texts, and readers, succeeding postmodernism as the primary cultural milieu.
- Because of new media, audiences now have unprecedented ability to alter the content of texts, reducing the role of the traditional single author and making texts unstable and ephemeral.
- Digimodernists texts are characterized by "onwardness, haphazardness, evanescence, and anonymous, social and multiple authorship."
- Prime examples of digimodernist texts include the internet as a whole, blogs, reality television shows like American Idol where viewers decide the narrative progression, news programs that rely on viewer-submitted comments, etc.
- Replacing the uncertainty or self conscious irony of postmodernism, the typical emotional state of digimodernism is the trance, being completely absorbed in and becoming the text.