SteamPunk Magazine is planning a number of articles about the “Occupy” movement in its upcoming, eighth edition, which is something I’m looking forward to. I’m not a fan of “Occupy” but curious how they’ll make the case that it’s relevant to steampunk.
At the risk of speaking before my turn, some of the comments to the announcement that “Occupy” would be part of the new SteamPunk Magazine worry me.
Writes Ladd, “The occupy movement and steampunk do seem to go hand in hand.”
I wonder, what has a band of aimless hoodlums to do with an alternate-history genre?. What has protesting the elusive 1 percent to do with a Neo-Victorian culture? Very little, it seems to me.
Rather than spend cold nights camping out on the doorsteps of Manhattan’s Financial District, I imagine steampunks would rather discuss the movement, dressed up in their finest garb with a glass of brandy nearby.
Let the punks have their rebellion. Steampunks would rather be part of the 1 percent than riot.