C&P from an email to friend who sent me previous #heyfeedfox link:
In general *punk I think is a sort of hacked agency claimed by people who have to live in a system but have neither ownership, nor authorship stakes in creating it.
The politics of "oppression" being projected onto the system is a sort of naive first-order response. *punk is a second-order response. A sort of "we didn't start this, but we'll finish it" grasping at power.
Or at least cultural performance of power-grasping
@vgr Maybe I'm just consuming a different type of cyberpunk, but I always felt the genre was more about leaving the system, than fighting it, because humanity sucks and will always create another crappy system.
The archetypal protagonists of cyberpunk are pulpy mercenary types, who abandon the farmer/crop dynamic of their society to become predators, scavengers, or parasites.
It's a topological attitude. The system exists as a navigable space, with both dangerous and exploitable features.
@machado yeah that seems consistent with idea of high-tech/low-life in this post by @sonya https://www.ribbonfarm.com/2016/10/27/the-cyberpunk-sensibility/
@vgr @machado @sonya If cyberpunk is a response to how the Internet creates opportunities for exploitation of previously hidden and normally inaccessible resources, and how existing power structures react to deny access of these resources to the majority through misdirection and the co-optation of these resources to enforce their will, then there needs to be a similar genre for global warming bc it will reveal opportunities for unscrupulous and open-eyed people and give the govt. an upper hand.
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