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> What is Cyberpunk? It's complicated.
It's dead.


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Have you seen the society we live in? Sure the "mohawks and VR decks" of the 80s are dead, but the core idea of cyberpunk (high tech, low life) has predicted our modern world better than any other genre of sci-fi.


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Generic Asian city post


on the one hand the atmosphere (as in emotionally) is perfect, but I bet living their actually sucks. The real atmosphere is probably terrible.
I never thought I'd congratulate the government on anything, but my city's building and air pollution regulations sure do keep it nice


>It's dead.
Cyberpunk died when people started fetishizing dystopia. People do understand that cyberpunk is supposed to be a resistance movement, right? Now people are basically welcoming economic disparity and invasive surveillance with open arms. It's fucked.


>>555 (checked)
Cyberpunk is one of those settings that looks fantastic but in reality is a terrifying experience of a society in either stagnation or decline regardless of technological advancement coupled with surreal living due to overly controlling hierarchies either from government or corporations and escapism just so individuals don't have to face the reality they live in.


Arguably this is already happening, and in fact has been for some time. All you have to do is look at some of the ridiculous things the government spends tax money on to know that the whole thing is corrupt. It really gets to me. I want nothing more than to leave it all behind and for people to leave me alone. Sadly it doesn't work like that.

Everyone engages is escapism. I know it's quite cliche to complain about social media but it really is bizarre. As someone who doesn't use it at all I just don't understand why people are so obsessed with it; I have a hard time talking to people because I'm an awkward cunt, but even I find it weird to see a group of people sat together staring at their phones.

it's a shame it is still sunny, sadposting tastes so much better at dusk


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I went ahead and made a replacement for jinteki.industries which was something of a cyberpunk directory. I had the cybersecurity advice reviewed by several others, but welcome further criticism and feedback. Thanks.



Juno Reactor is schway as fuck.


I agree with you, always thought that cyberpunk was not something to strive forwards, but sadly it looks like we are starting to live in a cyberpunk era.
Perhaps the worst thing, as you said, is that it is being treated as a fetish. Most peeps I know are like "oh yes, so cool! with dem implants we will be allowed to hack into the Gibson" or whatever. But they do not realize that all the available hardware is compromised by corporations/government.
Hell, they don't even use a secure system, and are pretty much in every botnet possible. We can only hope with Shenzhen being the nest for open hardware, but dunno anymore.

Sushi, why don't you go innawoods? or somewhere remote with the chance of having decent internet? It seems like solitude is your kind of thing.




Wait what happened to Jinteki? The owner seemed pretty committed to the site.


>why don't you go innawoods?
The NEET lifestyle is too lucrative. I'd like to think that I'll live in a van when my parents decide to stop bankrolling me, but in all honesty I'm chronically lazy so I know I wont.


is this cyberpunk


oralcumshot is now going to be my password for everything. NSA if you're reading this I'm only joking.


May I ask, why lainchan.jp and not the original site?


He is of the .jp clan. For the next 100 years the opposing sides will wage a most terrible war, and only then will the true victor will emerge.


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a) there is no /cyb/erpunk board on lainchan.org

b) there is no "What is Cyberpunk?" thread on lainchan.org

It makes sense that lainchan.jp would be listed. It's not complicated.


I don't know, but if they come back, I'd be more than happy to link to their site on mine.



Please end Kalyx's life.


>Cyberpunk died when people started fetishizing dystopia. People do understand that cyberpunk is supposed to be a resistance movement, right?
There are at least a few holdout cyberpunk boards that still realize this. https://lainchan.jp/cyb/


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"Anything that can be done to a rat can be done to a human being."
As technology progresses that quote only becomes more and more horrifying. I am not looking forward to the future.


people on lainchan.org (ante-schisma) have literally argued with me in the past that "it's totally valid to interpret cyberpunk as actually validating my ideal totalitarian society" Always nice to be reminded that not everyone is an idiot like this.


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It would be nice if you were to elaborate more on your post and not just post random links that some people might not want to click on. It might come of as spammy :^)


Nice site.
Why haven't you linked lainchan.org?
inter-chan drama aside it's a very good resource and i would certainty classify it as a 'Cyberpunk Community'.


Disregard this post.
My bad, didn't read the posts above


bruh he really jailbroke his pet rat


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I lurk there often and it appears that .org is falling to the same forces that destroyed 4chan. Political locust who are hell bent on controlling or destroying every means of communication they can access.
As always, it will only get worse as November gets closer and they begin to froth at the thought of more power.

truly sad state we find ourselves in.


Their general IRC channel is especially lame. Just teenagers (if they’re older than that, I don’t know what to say) throwing down political one liners trying to sound controversial.


It's a shame because the /lambda/ board actually has some decent programming resources and interesting folks about, although aside from a bit of security stuff not very 'cyberpunk' discussion topics.


Nah just a bunch of lame trolls that unlike the bunch of pedos that attempted to make "discussion" weren't dealt with as quickly

I trust the moderation will act when things go out of control, they're still there but judgement failed them a couple of times with the pol posts.


I perceived it the same way about 3 years ago. I think it was worse than it is now, because I haven't really felt much politization right now, no more than is usual on imageboards. Far less, actually.
Maybe I'm not looking at it. Sure, there's a containment thread on national socialism, but other than that, not too much.


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They will migrate here. It wolnt be long. The same thing over and over. Spam the catalog with propaganda and "discussion on marxism and equality" that slowly devolves into "give me social hierarchy points or I will report all your post"

In 6 months every thread on /lounge/ will be

>post your comfy commie block

>What are you getting form the bread lines today, sushiroll?

And another nice thing will be destroyed. c'est la vie


I look forward for some comfy gulag


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This makes me sad. I miss the times when online communities weren't infested with politics and normalized aggression. On the older forums I surfed shitposting was a way to get a nice laugh and not a way to drown out others. Sushichan has always been one of favorite imageboards and I hope it doesn't get ruined in the coming months


There is moderation here too, and more importantly users value what this site offers, I don't see this site declining any time soon and lack of activity is a greater danger anyway.

It's a side effect of the supposed advantages of being sushi rollymous and freedom, if you think it means you can forget about quality control you end up getting a worthless site, which is what most imageboards are.


I love that image.


>I'm an awkward cunt
Honestly these days normal people, in large part due to social media, are genuinely socially inept as well as unpleasant/domineering/narcissistic as a baseline. They've forgotten how to socialise properly and replaced it with the poison of those who are the most vocal/followed online.


I think it's the most accurate genre of speculative fiction by far


I wrote this on march, and now I have to take it back, it's a soykafhole.
But there is no point in talking about that.

I'm nostalgic about the /cyb/ aesthetic. Makes me want to get back into low-level programming, and to learn russian to hang with the doomer boys on the internet. But it's all vanity, and I ultimately have no use, no time, and no real interest in it. I just end up with a truncated inspiration.


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wtf are you me? For the past few months I've dreamed of becoming a grey-hat security researcher, an sushi rollymous hacking guru who knows how to construct exploits, who routinely scans websites for vulns, who knows how to decipher a stack-trace in gdb. It took a couple of months and some vain attempts to realise, like you have, that actually "hacking" is not my passion, but rather an idealised, renegade aesthetic that I want to inhabit without putting in the years of effort which it requires.


We need Systemspace back.


no we dont, let it die, the shizo won't come back


Was that the weird ARG/cult thing run by some /r9k/ schizo?
I recall you had to draw a picture to get in or something, and there was a bunch of weird lore about afterlives or dreams or some shit where people would be given roles??? I completely forgot it was even a thing but I remember I poked around when it existed out of curiosity.


It was the cult thing, tsuki was the dude that ran it. The discord server was fuckin' weird and I remember there being some kind of personality quiz, but the rest escapes me. Some people claimed to genuinely believe in it which was a little concerning.


Would you join if your local schizo sushi (I hear voices telling me I'm pretty and I should have a good life and stuff, also I get the best fashion tips when getting dressed) made a cult all dedicated to the mastery of choosing the correct blanket for different temps / moisture levels, and having a cultist daily schedule dedicated to making way for good sleepsies? Like finding the optimal time to shut off screens/lights

also your local schizushi loves you
sage for OT


tbh sushi this sounds kinda awesome. as long as I don’t have do do anything crazy, I’ll join the cult of good sleep.


depends on what you find crazy, and as always, this is not a malign cult, you always have the option of opting out of anything you're not comfortable with, because ultimately, the cult of good sleep is a child of the great divinity comfy, that we all pleasant soul crowd up along towards and among

In less confusing, less poetic terms, you always do you, you never do the cult against your own wishes, and if any fellow "cultist" tries to force you into going against your inner beliefs and the important parts of you, that "fellow" is not your fellow, he is among those who may not yet tread among our silently rustling pathways of pleasant dreams and riding along the seams of all that is pleasurably to create forth within, such as, such as, such as

also please dont lewd sleep, sleep is the only time of day a human is allowed to be totally innocent and timid towards it all, and just wallow in the waves of possibilities. pls dont lewd sleep

your local schizushi adores your brave heart


If we have to believe in something, why not have it be something that promotes Internet freedom?


I'm a new sushi visiting here because it seems very cozy. Nice place you got here, from what I've seen.

In Killer Mike's Trigger Warning (a comfier show than the name implies), there is an episode where he forms "the church of sleep." The god of this church is his friend Sleep, who earned his name by always looking sleepy. The church was centered around taking time to get rest, nap, and self-reflect.


all I've seen of trigger warning so far has been pretty good. crip cola was funny


This is why cyberpunk is dead. It's not a genre anymore that's significantly any different from regular old contemporary speculative fiction. Cyberpunk has achieved IRL hegemony.


I hope we get away from this. I want more comfy sci fi slice of life!


Lainchan.jp is now dead
Victory to: Lainchan.org


stopped reading right there


There's still solarpunk, I don't think those people have quite lost the "sub" aspect of their subculture. If the next twenty years play out like the last twenty years solarpunk is probably going to get co-opted too and it'll probably turn into a way to glamorize being poor and not having medicine after a climate apocalypse. But for now it's gritty enough and fairly real and rebellious and still comfy imo.


The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi



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Just finished reading snow crash, started off pretty clearly more of a parody of cyberpunk but it kept it grounded enough for the most part as far as cyberpunk goes. Unfortunately it kind of goes to shit around the last 100 pages. Most of the plot threads are wrapped up in a deus ex machina way and doesn't really seem satisfying. Also the book centers a comparison between Sumerian languages and hacking which is cool enough and everything but I feel like they do a fine enough job explaining that connection the first time they bring it up in a pretty long exposition dump but then the author goes on to do basically the same info dumb five more times in the book driving home stuff the reader already knows over and over. Also another big issue is the virtual world component is super under baked and could really be cut out of the book entirely, the author tries to make some final confrontation in the virtual world but it doesn't really make much sense why they have to race on motorcycles or have a swordfight at all when its just a computer program owned by the antagonist who could just teleport and instantly send the virus to everyone with a computer in front of them. Lastly when the author tries to write cool teenager dialog he sounds like a 70 year old. Fun enough book as far as cyberpunk stuff goes.


>when the author tries to write cool teenager dialog he sounds like a 70 year old.
Keep in mind this was originally published in 1992, teenagers talked differently 30 years ago.

I've read a few of this guy's books, and seems like they all start out with a semi-realistic premise and then go into straight fantasy towards the end and handwave a lot of the technical details of how any of this would really make sense. Anathem had some interesting ideas, but like in Snow Crash the last 100 pages or so ends up being some borderline deus ex machina stuff.

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