A possible definitonSteampunk, while it incorporatesnostalgia, is not a “Retro” movement. Itsdiffering factor is that Steampunks donot return to the past and live the lifeas it was, they want to go back to re-imagine the past’s future–and live in thatin the present. They re-imagine a futurethat includes beauty, manners, elegance,innovation, and steam and to a largeextent, they are making it.Sally Applin in “Steampunk: Making TheFuture“
Another possible DefinitionSteampunk is what Wells and Vernehave wirtten about... Taken intoOverdrive.
History“Steampunk” as a term was coined by K.W.Jeter in 1979. Movies and novels nowbelonging to the genre have existed afew years longer.The Steampunk boom came about with theinternet.In the Beginning there was Cyberpunk
Playground: Ætherweb- Rauchersalon- Brassgoggles- Facebook- A boiler full of blogs- World-wide connections
Interestingly, Steampunk isexceptional compared to other“weird dresscode” subcultures:No Negative public image!
Aspects of the Scene- Creativity- Technophilia- Web culture- “can do”-Mentality- Manners and Mannerisms- Certain tendency towards elitism- Spirit of adventure- in some areas: “Looks trump Attitude”- Mainstream Compatibility
The Future- THE Topic of 2013 according to IBM- Increased public perception- “Steampunk” -The costume of the RPC 2013 (trendy!)- Children in the Scene- continuing literature boom (selfpub)- Influencing mainstream fashion(Prada)- Fragmentation (Dieselpunk, Atompunk,Clockpunk etc.)- Globalisation
So what is Steampunk?- Everything I talked about- some things I did not talk about- ask 10 Steampunks, get 15 opinionsSO:- Does it vaguely fit what I was talkingabout?- is it fun?“Yes” to both?Well done! Steampunk!