Cyberpunk on the Small Screen (Video)

CyberpunkGood day, Cybernauts. We’ve been enjoying this endearing flick for some time, but are just now getting around to posting about it.

Cyberpunk is a 60-minute documentary from 1990 that serves as a charming bookend to the William Gibson documentary No Maps for These Territories. While Gibson is featured prominently in this doc, it also expands out to illuminate an entire slice of the late ’80s/early ’90s culture that used to be featured in the late, great Mondo 2000 magazine.

Cyberpunk Review offers these insights:

Cyberpunk is a documentary that looks back at the 80s cyberpunk movement, and more specifically, how this has led to a trend in the “real” world where people were starting to refer to themselves as “cyberpunk.” The documentary sees “cyberpunks” as being synonymous with hackers. A number of writers, artists, musicians and scientists are interviewed to provide context to this movement. The guiding meme, as told by Gibson, is that information “wants” to be free. 60s counter-culture drug philosopher, Timothy Leary, provides a prediction that cyberpunks will “decentralize knowledge,” which will serve to remove power from those “in power” and bring it back to the masses. Many different potential technologies are discussed, including “smart drugs,” sentient machines, advanced prosthetics — all of which serve to give context to the idea of post-humanity and its imminent arrival on the world stage.

As an added bonus, visit the Insomnia page for a contemporary interview with Mr. Gibson in which he discusses the current state of Cyberspace!

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  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    O William Gibson, prophet of my youth! There is no way to tell how much of Neuromancer became the future because of the collective imagination fueled by the book itself, self fulfilling prophecy, a future that manufactured itself on the basis of your work like a nano-machine or a virus with DNA written specifically to conquer tomorrow on your behalf.

    • nosbig

      gibson’s work speaks for itself. don’t be an uncritical fanboy

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    O William Gibson, prophet of my youth! There is no way to tell how much of Neuromancer became the future because of the collective imagination fueled by the book itself, self fulfilling prophecy, a future that manufactured itself on the basis of your work like a nano-machine or a virus with DNA written specifically to conquer tomorrow on your behalf.

  • dirty johnny

    how quaint.

    we can’t blame it all on gibson and leary, surely. but…

    this documentary deals with a certain pool of thinkers swimming in a certain era. it’s difficult to see these thinkers as anything but “raw material” for the interests of their zaibatsu masters. a humanities think tank of sorts…

    social networking? downloading pirated entertainment? ok, i’ll give you wikileaks, even if no one is actually reading the documents…

    what these cyberpunks failed to incorporate into their panorama is the abbreviated, emoticonical, endlessly frivolous mindset which blooms oh so prolifically under the circumstances which they oh so succinctly portray. the value of information never fluctuates in the “marketplace of ideas” that they chart.

    these days, the vilest truths are not hidden. they are lost amongst the chatter, spam, status updates and a tidal wave of outright lies. why lie ABOUT the truth when you can lie so effectively AROUND the truth?

    if you feel empowered by technology i’m willing to bet you have cleared the poverty line. if you feel particularly and especially empowered by it i’m willing to bet you’ve poll vaulted it. many of the folks i deal with are more concerned with whether their fucked up credit can bring on any 3rd felonies.

    now that’s empowerment. but wii’ve all gotta right to a mii!

    • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

      You’re not by any chance a fan of John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten)? You’ve got his overall tone down to a tee. Love it.

  • dirty johnny

    how quaint.

    we can’t blame it all on gibson and leary, surely. but…

    this documentary deals with a certain pool of thinkers swimming in a certain era. it’s difficult to see these thinkers as anything but “raw material” for the interests of their zaibatsu masters. a humanities think tank of sorts…

    social networking? downloading pirated entertainment? ok, i’ll give you wikileaks, even if no one is actually reading the documents…

    what these cyberpunks failed to incorporate into their panorama is the abbreviated, emoticonical, endlessly frivolous mindset which blooms oh so prolifically under the circumstances which they oh so succinctly portray. the value of information never fluctuates in the “marketplace of ideas” that they chart.

    these days, the vilest truths are not hidden. they are lost amongst the chatter, spam, status updates and a tidal wave of outright lies. why lie ABOUT the truth when you can lie so effectively AROUND the truth?

    if you feel empowered by technology i’m willing to bet you have cleared the poverty line. if you feel particularly and especially empowered by it i’m willing to bet you’ve poll vaulted it. many of the folks i deal with are more concerned with whether their fucked up credit can bring on any 3rd felonies.

    now that’s empowerment. but wii’ve all gotta right to a mii!

  • nosbig

    gibson’s work speaks for itself. don’t be an uncritical fanboy

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    You’re not by any chance a fan of John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten)? You’ve got his overall tone down to a tee. Love it.

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