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Has it dawned on any of us that if this DID become mainstream, we may just grow to hate it for being mainstream?
Granted, I never really do become part of a subculture. At least I don't think I've done that yet. I tend to mingle with too many different kinds of groups for that to happen.
A distributed delivery and creation system. A system that doesn't rely so much on the top, organizations and businesses and government, but on the people and their networks. That's how Steampunk and especially the creations of it are spreading, up and out.
I think there is a longing for a place where there can be a structured formality - a place where the cultural rules call for respect, manners and a sense of grace.
particularly in light of the fact that it's about to step over the line of subculture and into trendy nonsense that will inevitably bring with it hoards of pipe clogging band waggoneers.
Steampunk represents the idea that anything is possible