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What's "Punk" about Cyberpunk?:  Cultures of Resistance American Studies 282 Rutgers University Prof. Cornelius ...
<ul><li>WHAT IS PUNK? (WHAT WAS PUNK?) </li></ul>
A working definition 1/3 <ul><li>Punk:  </li><ul><li>a movement in late-1970s American and British cultures that through n...
A working definition 2/3 <ul><li>Critique </li><ul><li>the  inauthentic  style and message of rock music (and  mass cultur...
A working definition 3/3 <ul><li>Renewal </li><ul><li>Addressed decline and stagnation of dominant culture and society
Recognized  conflicts  -- problems that mainstream culture prefers to mask, cover, and ignore </li></ul></ul>
Failure? <ul><li>The first wave of the movement was soon  appropriated   </li><ul><li>But inspired the founding of a famil...
Do-it-yourself <ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Like most people growing up in liberal societies and liberal economies,  I was used t...
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  1. 1. What's &quot;Punk&quot; about Cyberpunk?: Cultures of Resistance American Studies 282 Rutgers University Prof. Cornelius Collins Spring 2011
  2. 2. <ul><li>WHAT IS PUNK? (WHAT WAS PUNK?) </li></ul>
  3. 3. A working definition 1/3 <ul><li>Punk: </li><ul><li>a movement in late-1970s American and British cultures that through negation and refusal attacked the dominant, professionalized modes of production in those fields </li><ul><li>Beginning in music, extending to fashion and graphic design </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. A working definition 2/3 <ul><li>Critique </li><ul><li>the inauthentic style and message of rock music (and mass culture more broadly) for promoting passivity and conformity </li></ul><li>Demand </li><ul><li>the search for more authentic experiences -- including, potentially, violence -- and creation of alternative, organic communities </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. A working definition 3/3 <ul><li>Renewal </li><ul><li>Addressed decline and stagnation of dominant culture and society
  6. 6. Recognized conflicts -- problems that mainstream culture prefers to mask, cover, and ignore </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Failure? <ul><li>The first wave of the movement was soon appropriated </li><ul><li>But inspired the founding of a family of related postpunk movements, networks, and scenes </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Do-it-yourself <ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Like most people growing up in liberal societies and liberal economies, I was used to politics, products, and entertainment being created and carried out by others for me, my own action being limited to spending a dollar and casting a vote. Punk taught me to DIY: Do-it-yourself. The idea that I could create my own culture -- 'do-it-myself' -- was for me revolutionary, as it carried within it the promise that I could also create my own politics and my own world&quot; </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Cultural resistance <ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;The dominant system is one of such complete ideological and material hegemony than any cultural expression, even if it appears rebellious, is ... repackaged and transformed into a component of the status quo. ... [But] the very activity of producing culture has political meaning. In a society built around the principle that we should consume what others have produced for us, throwing an illegal warehouse rave or creating an underground music label -- that is creating your own culture -- takes on a rebellious resonance.&quot; (Stephen Duncombe) </li></ul></ul></ul>
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