Basically, steampunk is a "culture" (started in literature) in which society operates on steam-powered technology, gears and the like. What makes it special and more significant than "duh, we went through that age before we have the technology we do now, that's just like going back in time" is that it's set in roughly our time period or sometimes the future. They're about as advanced as we are technology-wise, maybe even more so, but instead of going with megabytes and computer chips like we did, they stayed with steam power. It's an alternate reality: how things could have gone for us, but now exist only in fantasy. Usually, the fashions and styles in general are Victorian based. It's gone far beyond literature now, and can actually be a style in art, fashion, and some people would even say there's steampunk music. You can look up all sorts of things online about it. Heck, I'm not finished looking up stuff by a long shot! I think I'll keep looking at it for the rest of the week. If I find anything riveting enough, I'll be sure to share it with you guys!
Cyberpunk actually came before steampunk, from what I understand, and they basically jacked the term and modified it to come up with "steampunk" in the first place. It's futuristic, where technology is super-advanced to the point that virtual reality becomes as important, or even more important, than actual reality. Usually it's set in a dystopian society (dysfunctional utopian, and no, I did not make that up) where the protagonist operates outside of or often against authority. Instead of government, in most cases major corporations have taken over all politcal and economic power. The "punk" part of cyberpunk is supposed to come from this type of protagonist, being all anti-conformist and disobedient to authority. Like steampunk, cyberpunk has also become a fashion that you can look up all sorts of examples of.
The last part of today's post has nothing to do with the first part, so I thought I'd separate them to help your brain a little. I like to make you think and everything, but not about such mundane things as "how did the subject change so quickly; did I miss something?". So I made it easy.
It's just something I noticed when listening to the radio: Why does popular music refer to women as "girls" and "chicks" and "shawty", but almost always give men the title of "men"? Even when women sing these songs, they refer to themselves this way. For instance, the song I have in my head right now is by Rihanna, and the chorus says "want you to make me feel like I'm the only girl in the world". Even though she looks like a woman to me.
|Yep. Those really look like boobs.|
Also, anything you want to say on the topic of steampunk and/or cyberpunk is most welcome!
Or, if you have nothing to say about any of the aforementioned, you could just talk about how you feel about Rihanna and why. Because you have to include the "why" as an explanation to your argument. I have a policy against trolls, and will delete trolling comments. Consider yourselves warned!
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