HSC English was the first time that I had studied the notion of cyberpunk in great detail. I was introduced to the text Blade Runner during my studies and was instantly drawn to the relationship between humanity and artificial intelligence that was being explored throughout. It had a great deal of focus on the crazy advancements in science and humanity’s need for answers. Discussion of cyberspace and the notion of cyberpunk introduced me to the tropes (separation of mind and body, body augmentation, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence) that make up this sub-genre. This literary movement was introduced to audiences in the 1980’s by William Gibson and identified the separation between the organic and the artificial.
Castells believes that technology does not determine society, but without technology certain social structures simply could not develop. Technology has shaped our lives, our thoughts, and in some instances our being, and will continue to do so. It is getting to the stage that material borders are slowly disappearing so that there is a free flow of information and communication between users. Cyberpunk fits into this topic as it is usually an exploration set in the future, detailed by high-technology but low-life. Erich Schnieder claims that “cyberpunk literature deals with marginalised people in technologically enhanced cultural ‘systems'”. All we seem to need now is big corporations as our government, and we are living in a cyberpunk world.
Castells, M. (2004) ‘Afterword: why networks matter’. In Network Logic: Who governs in an interconnected world? (pp. 221-224)
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