metapunk (1.0)

On Being Sufficiently Illuminated

by on Aug.03, 2013, under holodoxy

Summarizing some of my thoughts on the concept of metapunk in the least coherent way possible.  Enjoy…

Having been sufficiently illuminated (well, nicely lit at any rate) this fine evening, the third of august in the year two thousand and thirteen, I profess it is my drunken duty to ask the good people of the internet their opinion on a theory that has been brewing in my brain.

Given that cyberpunk fiction foretold the rise of corporations and private security and intelligence actors, and the gradual decline of national governments; and concomitant with the ever increasing angle of the asymptotic curve of technological progress, that the singularity lies in the inevitable transformation from a world that we thought we understood, to a world that makes very little sense at all…

The genre of cyberpunk, by way of transhumanist fiction, gives way naturally to a meta-punk dictum, whereby reality itself is questioned; paranoia surrounding the state, the corporation, and the individual in turn making room for the contemplation of infinite possibilities of any human consciousness… and thus paving the way for a new take on reality itself. This of course is a naturally spiritual exercise, logic being the beginning of wisdom, but not the end; for there is no logic in creation… it just begins of its own accord.

…and… wait, what the hell was I talking about, again?

Nevermind. It’s late, or early, as the case may be. I am not of sound mind, and I have minions and code to execute. Pour me another, barkeep, for I have need of a beverage. 5 am, you say? Last call long past, you say? Pish, posh! Fill’er up, fine sir; for I am in need of inebriatory fulfilment; and ponder what form tomorrow will take.  No one knows. We create this experience even as we are surprised by it’s unfolding beauty. The evening is too damn short. There’s miracles taking place right under our noses, if only we had ears to listen.

This randomness brought to you by the letter C and the number 9. Enjoy a fine morning, dear friends. May your long weekend be blessed and filled with joy!

May the spirits be with you.



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6 Comments for this entry

  • Greta

    I have an idea that metapunk is about the speculation of the unknowns, whilst leaving them for what they are, and not creating fantastical entities of what could be.
    Just seeing the unknown as the abstract non-entity that it is, as a thought exercise.
    Its a cultural counter reaction to materialist illusion, stemming from the seeds of information & computation theory and quantum mechanics in the fields of psychology and philosophy.

    11001001 = C9 😉

  • Andre

    Indeed—we can create fantastical entities out of what could be, but only if we remember that they’re not actually “out there,” but are artifacts of our own perception. That number is an interesting coincidence. I had no idea what I was saying at the time; but this comes to mind. It’s an amazing and strange universe we’re a part of 😀

  • Greta

    ah yes! specifically ‘Hex C9, which in IBM’s EBCDIC equals the letter I.’

    A book I’m currently reading seems to pop up ‘The Mind’s I’'s_I

    You might find it up your street! (in a manner of speech, or maybe even literally?! haha)

  • Andre

    I’ve heard of the book, but haven’t had a chance to read it. One of these days I will. I’m dubious about some of the things I’ve heard Daniel Dennett say about the nature of consciousness, but I’m sure it’s still a worthwhile read.

    Right now I’m reading up on the monomyth in “The Writer’s Journey” by Christopher Vogler, and “The Hero with a Thousand Faces” by Joseph Campbell. And the next book on my list, which came in the mail today, is “Maps of Meaning.” I’ve seen many of Peterson’s lectures, but now I’m very happy I finally get the chance to read his book.

    Let me know what you think of “The Mind’s I,” when you’ve finished it.

  • Greta

    wow! you have quite the reading list ahead!
    I’ll write to you on my thought’s of ‘The Mind’s I’ but so far so good!
    I’d be very interested to read Peterson, I’ve watched quite a few of his lectures on youtube (upon your suggestions) and they’re really insightful and helpful!

  • Andre

    Definitely–I’ll let you know how it goes as I read Maps of Meaning. I’ve read the first chapter–which makes the case that mythology and religion are not failed science (i.e. descriptions of physical reality), but rather are attempts to represent the world as a forum for action. So in that sense, they’re essentially moral in nature. His tone is somewhat more academic than in his video lectures, but it’s still very readable and interesting. I’ll let you know more as I continue the book.

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