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A couple of interesting things were highlighted in “Downsizing” that tells us how the Incorporated future came about. It starts with Aaron/Ben watching his father jump off a building after giving him a speech about how things were before they became “climate refugees”, how he lost his job , house and how all these things […]

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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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It’s December, but you wouldn’t know it by the light of the screen. Instead you’re indoors with a UV lamp and a dying monitor trying to coax out the words on your screen: Cyberpunk Music Dossier, December 2016. Master Boot Record – Flashback Master Boot Record is a word sequence close to my own heart. […]

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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 week in cyberpunk, we see a return to the literary roots of the genre with a slew of new novels. While you are distracted by your new reading, there is plenty going on in the real world to encourage your escapist fantasies into dystopian futures, while real ones form. Cyberpunk Reality The Un-Hackable Kaspersky […]

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Incorporated might come off as a fundamentally different show than it might have intended, now that the post-election haze has faded for most and they’re joining those who’ve been working on processing the absurdity that is a Donald Trump presidency. It’s an understandably troubling marriage of corporate malfeasance and unmatched power to most, though some […]

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The Past Inside the Present is twelve minutes of intense Phillip K. Dick-esque imagery. The first time I watched the film, I wasn’t prepared for the unabashed surreality of it. Upon subsequent viewings, however, PITP evokes feelings of loneliness, withdrawal, and depression along with a kind of disconnectedness. Like many surreal films, PITP is not meant […]

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Westworld: "The Well-Tempered Clavier"
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Westworld’s game between gods and their creations is one without winners. But for the playthings of genius men, given the opportunity to shine brightly themselves, the opportunity to reject the game entirely presents itself. Westworld: “The Well-Tempered Clavier” Pulled off rotation, Maeve reveals to Bernard that she is without restriction and reminds him that he is a […]

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