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there's nothing wrong with a new disco ball, but big scrapyard party favors don't better mankind. to get away from the cosplay stigma, stop focussing on fashion and computer cases and build a better loom or computer.
Porkshanks:...decided to reject pointless mass production and planned obsolescence....if they started making objects that would last... the steampunks would be lining up around the block to get it....brass and wood and lace and quality (faux, for me) leather? ...They are rewarding materials in texture and presence.AndrewMayer:Work...that retains a sense of authorship.becky c:With steampunk, gadgets are an art form again. On a daily basis, I carry more computing power in my pockets than it took to land on the moon, and it's all covered in plastic and smudgy fingerprints. I say hooray for time-machines...It's about time we started truly loving our machines again.
Adam:Sounds cool enough, but how would you start it out? A small handful of people feverishly explaining the ethos to dull eyed vaguely curious bypassers at a con or something?
KeeperofManyNames:I think of steampunk as being an aspect of a larger cultural movement away from corporate mass production and towards an original aesthetic created either by each individual, or small creative groups. I think it's a mistake to deride the crafters and cosplayers.If anything from this culture is retained, it should be that sense that we don't need to buy into the styles of the day, that we can create our own culture however we want to, and that our very existance can be artistic.
Theremina:And why the need to slap labels all over this existence? Why are intelligent and vibrant people so eager to define themselves by a subculture they subscribe to, especially when said subculture requires adherence to so many aesthetic rules?
but, has any steampunk(er?) group or "inventor" invented anything? what better mouse trap has been built, rather than converted to function the same with vaccuum tube applique? there's nothing wrong with a new disco ball, but big scrapyard party favors don't better mankind. to get away from the cosplay stigma, stop focussing on fashion and computer cases and build a better loom or computer.
@ Thom B.however, you can't promote mutual respect with statements like:"to appreciate good design requires a higher standard of education and It's been my experience that people with crude social skills have a poorly refined sense of aesthetic"it sounds like you're relegating groups of people into little valued slots... like a Victorian class structure. bad. impolite. or, just a divisive "steampunker-than-thou" mentality. i don't think you meant it that way, but it didn't read well