"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.

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Though it’s been explored on Incorporated before, the sole focus of “Profit and Loss” was the construct of debt. It’s finally revealed to be at the center of the inciting incident for the series’s main story. This episode meanders a bit between time periods to make that point, but taken in as a whole “Profit […]

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The state of cyberpunk this Friday brings us an undeniable link between private intelligence and government policing, a respectful view of one of cinema’s greatest feats, and the return of an Anonymous face. Let’s see just how bad things got this Last Week in Cyberpunk. Cyberpunk Reality Millions Flee Chinese Cities to Escape Pollution China’s […]

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Incorporated drops all pretense in the earliest moments of “Cost Containment”. While I don’t expect anything to be as great as Inazagi’s Officer Bucky vid for the company kids, the charity ad pleading for ¥100 to feed Johnny says that the U.S. isn’t far from a third world country no matter the state of climate […]

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This week in cyberpunk we saw Automation kill service jobs and the inspiration of cyberpunk classics while listening to a little Rolling Stones. Here’s what happened this last week in cyberpunk. Cyberpunk Reality Amazon Go Moves Into the Future, Removes Humans From the Service Industry In  a first from the American tech industry, Amazon has […]

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Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror has cemented itself in a post-cyberpunk world of black and gray, where people have merged with tech that’s either already with us or just a heartbeat away. This view of the future is one of passive nihilism, where people accept that everything in the world is horrible and they all share […]

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Westworld’s worst-kept secret finally exposed, but having theories confirmed about where the Man in Black and William intersect didn’t pull away focus from the robot revolt we’ve been waiting for since the beginning. Westworld: “The Bicameral Mind” Westworld’s maze, the thing that plagued the minds of hosts and guests alike, turned out to be as […]

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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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