Politics & Philosophy

Post-Human Capitalism and Revolution: Detroit and Blade Runner 2049

The cyberpunk of the late 20th century was not just fiction nor just a response to late capitalism, but hidden within cyberpunk lies dormant political theory for the present and the future — leading t...

Alternate realities in the every day: extremism, the internet, and the death of truth

There’s a dangerous contradiction inherent to the Information Age, and one that’s pushing extreme ideologies to the fore. Our access to information vastly outpaces our ability to interpret it, and tha...

Nowpunk, Mr Robot & The Importance of Representation in Cyberpunk

Cyberpunk has given creatives a medium to explore and discuss the possibilities of the future, the dangers and prospects of technological advancement, corporate corruption and much more. But like many...

The L0WL1F3 Podcast: a Neon Dystopia production

After long last, Neon Dystopia is proud to present our first ever podcast! The L0WL1F3 podcast! A podcast where Oldman Coinops, Shadowlink, and Scum talk news, movies, music, games, politics, chaos, a...

Soylent Green: Cyberpunk’s Horrifying Apotheosis

Soylent Green, believe it or not, is the pinnacle of the cyberpunk ethos, and not really about cannibalism (not entirely anyway). For those of you that have yet to watch the film, your cultural knowle...

Classics, Class, and Code: The unlikely presence of the ancient world in cyberpunk literature

Classical antiquity, or classics – the study of the ancient Mediterranean, its history, culture, art, literature – is just about the fanciest thing in the history of the western world. It was, and to ...

Last Week in Cyberpunk: The Black Lives Matter edition

WARNING: We are going to be talking about and showing images and videos of police brutality that may not be suitable for everyone. There is violence. There is blood. We at Neon Dystopia feel it would ...

Street Level: May 29th, 10:58 PM Grand Rapids, MI

I arrive in downtown near Rosa Parks Square with fire pulsing through my veins, having never been part of an active protest before. Following a throng of civilians, I soon realize that I’ve arri...

Matrix - Suspension

Matrix, or the Death of Cyberpunk.

There is no denying that the Matrix franchise holds an important position in the history of cyberpunk. At the time of its released in 1999, it was the first convincing rendition of the genre in any me...