Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Steampunk: Your Guess Is As Good As Mine

If you can read this article about "steampunk" and make any damn sense of it, please let me know. It seems like grown people of all genders, races, and interests pretending to live in Victorian times. Or pretending that submarines haven't been invented yet. Or wanting to live in the past but thinking all modern technology is OK if it has brass trim. Or just watching a certain kind of not-particularly-obscure movie together.

I'm truly confounded.

But that might be the point:
“Part of the reason it seems so popular is the very difficulty of pinning down what it is,” Mr. von Slatt added. “That’s a marketer’s dream.”

2 Comments:

Blogger amy lineburg said...

I've been getting this vibe from movies and advertising so it's interesting to see it actually is a "culture". Had no idea. But it seems like a sexy, streamlined version of premodernity, grabbing the best of both worlds, at least I'm guessing that's what they'd say.

11:00 AM  
Blogger Dianna said...

Hmm, it doesn't seem to me to be any more bizarre or confusing than any other style of design. It's extremely, extremely retro is all. Reminds me of Back to the Future III or A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Or Firefly. It makes perfect sense that people might want to either imagine Victorian times with the advantage of today's technology, or that they prefer a brass covered Mac to the clear, plastic monitors that were so novel a few years ago. It's just a style. Perhaps preferable to some than the dozen other retro styles we keep cycling through.

1:39 PM  

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