More on the "Punk" in Steampunk

Kevin Steil of Airship Ambassador, a shiny new steampunk blog, has an interesting discussion of the “punk” in “Steampunk,” defining it as a “reaction, rebellion and resolution” against contemporary society. Here’s my favorite part:

“Steampunks will find their reaction, rebellion and resolution spanning the spectrum of motivational reasons. Perhaps it’s the desire to learn more, do more and be more, or the need to break free of internal or external imposed limitations, or an inherent revulsion at the excess materialism clothed in a complete lack of style in a commerce-driven society.

Our group resolutions, our common acts of rebellion, take the form of corsets and top hats, of artisanship and intellectualism, of re-creation and re-imagining.”

Go read the whole thing!

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4 Responses to “More on the "Punk" in Steampunk”

  1. Thanks for posting this here, Katie. It’s definitely a well-thought out and interesting article, although I find its attitude to mass production a little bit on the privileged side.

    We had a really interesting discussion on this aspect of steampunk on the Gaslamp Bazaar a few months ago if you’re interested:

  2. Oh, I remember that thread! I actually hadn’t thought about that when I read this article, thanks for mentioning it again.

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