"You sit in a coffee shop and watch as passerby's walk across to the Starbucks. Your fingers rattle across your laptop keys as you code for some new encryption software. How did the world come to this? Why do people pick 4 dollar coffees from Starbuck, when the local coffee across the street is a fraction of the price? Why do we have to hide, even in the net, from the powers that be? You glance down into your backpack, which is nestled at your feet, and see a crumpled copy of Neuromancer that you've read a million times. We saw this coming, and it is happening anyway."

In this section you will find news, essays, and critical analysis of our times from a cyberpunk frame of reference.

The short films of Benjamin Bardou capture a kind of melancholy from within the virtual urban landscape of Grand Theft Auto IV‘s Liberty City. Bardou cites his influences for these short “movie simulations” as being Blade Runner, Ghost in the Shell, and the philosophical works of Jean Baudrillard and Charles Baudelaire. My movies, in general, […]

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This last week in cyberpunk journalists have been targeted by spies, ATMs vomit money on European streets, space is once again unsafe, and cable news tries to hide it all from you. Don’t run; find out what happened this last week in cyberpunk. Cyberpunk Reality Journalists and Academics Under Unprecedented Attack, Google Says In the […]

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Overall, cyberpunk themes — mainly when it comes to the genre’s most important works — have been one of dystopia. One of technology gone rogue, of the population and the world controlled by corporations, and one of the little people who try not only to resist the system but also subvert it in their own […]

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Rough week. 2016 has been a rough experience for all of us, but this past week in global affairs has more than most panicking. Don’t. Be aware, be awake, and catch up on what happened this last week in cyberpunk. Cyberpunk Reality Esmail and Brooker take to Twitter, Remind us we’re Witnessing Reality As people […]

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Body horror is a horror genre that is defined by graphic destruction, degeneration, or transformation of the human form. David Cronenberg is considered the master of this genre, and so it is fascinating that his approach and philosophy to the genre differs drastically from others who have contributed to the body horror canon. Cronenberg’s cyberpunk […]

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This past week in cyberpunk we witnessed conglomerates and police getting a little too well connected, a coded justice, and a Jester who isn’t laughing. Let’s get to the news. Cyberpunk Reality AT&T Merger Overshadowed by Massive Surveillance of Customers For $85 billion AT&T finalized its merger with media giant Time Warner giving them ownership […]

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Super-powered bugs, a future in the stars, and repairing damaged bodies with inventive technologies. News doesn’t seem so bad this Friday, so let’s take a look at what happened this past week in cyberpunk. Cyberpunk Reality Mars as the 51st State In a recent op-ed for CNN, President Barack Obama made the case for the […]

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In Cyberpunk we’re usually experiencing a world where high technology is more than a way of life. It’s everything. The world spins, and spins, and spins, because technology allows it. The history of how the world got to this place of all consuming, ever present, can’t live without it technology– is many times left out […]

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Think about an artistic movement that praised the machine, technology, and speculated about the future: that saw in those the beginning of a new era, so to speak, the aesthetics of which would be colorful and neon. It sounds a lot like cyberpunk — doesn’t it? And it’s not entirely unusual to put both side by side, […]

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