July 16th, 2011

BrainUnderRepair

Writing Excuses 6.6: Cyberpunk

Writing Excuses 6.6: Cyberpunk

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/07/10/writing-excuses-6-6-cyberpunk/

Key points: near-future, Earth-based, internet connectivity, human augmentation, human identity. What does it mean to be human? Independent cobblers, gritty, antiestablishment. Hackers fighting corporations. Street culture of the future. East vs. West culture clash. Is popular cyberpunk an oxymoron? Cyber wonder, but also cautionary tales. World weariness. Dystopia. "We got our wish and now we're all monsters."  Fear of corporations, government, runaway technology. The Singularity.
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[Brandon] All right. Well, let's go and do a writing prompt. Does anyone have one they want to throw at us?
[Howard] I... I've got one. Playing off of the patches stuff, we have a cyberpunk setting in which tattoos are the equivalent of implants, and you've got somebody who gets a tattoo, and for some reason, they now need to have that tattoo removed. Obsolescence, or a hack, or something. But, tattoo removal.
[Brandon] Your tattoo got hacked.
[Howard] Your tattoo got hacked.
[Dan] Nice. I digg it.
[Brandon] All right. This has been Writing Excuses. You're out of excuses, now go write.