The Realm of the Cybershaman

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Here with a handy dandy one stop shop till you drop list of crafty conveniences!

[Under major (DE)CONSTRUCTION. I will fix everything when I have the energy to... (i.e. "when I get sufficiently bored")]

 

 


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What is Cyberpunk?

"The real charm of punk is that stupid hippies dislike it as much as do stupid rednecks. 'What’s the matter with them?
What do they want?' Anyone who was ever a hippie for the right reasons—a hatred of conformity and a desire to break
through to higher realities—is likely to appreciate and enjoy the punks. But a lot of basically conventional people slid
through the ‘70s thinking of themselves as avant-garde, when in fact they were brain-dead. What’s good about pun
is that it makes all of us question our comfortable assumptions and attitudes. Wait…look at that last sentence, and
you can see I’m forty. How complacently I slip the 'us' in there—trying to co-opt the revolution. How Life magazine
of me, how plastic, how bullshit. What’s good about punk is that it’s fast and dense. It has a lot of information. Which
brings us to 'cyber.'

"Now you can see where cyber and punk tie together to make cyberpunk. If you value information the most, then you
don’t care about convention. It’s not, 'Who do you know?'; it’s 'How fast are you? How dense?' It’s not, 'Do you talk
like my old friends?'; it’s 'What do you have to say?' It’s not, 'Is this comfortable?'; it’s 'Is this interesting?'"

- Excerpted from "What is Cyberpunk?" by Rudy Rucker, 1985


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