ErrantPedant

ryuuenx:

degraalaart:

In case anyone wanted the set!

Also I thought it’d be fun to make a group picture that looks like an ad.

All available as prints here.

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This is brilliant. Thanks for posting them all together!

aquariantides:

adulthood is just an endless stream of phone calls you don’t want to make but have to

thenetrunnerproject:

Cyberpunk is the subgenre of science fiction which asks, essentially, “what if we had the technology to solve all our problems, but we also still had capitalism?”
It posits glorious highs and crippling lows, but – crucially – there’s little that seems to require the lows. Once you start suggesting reasons for people struggling in poverty, you move out of cyberpunk and in to full blown dystopian fiction. Resource constraints, overpopulation, alien invasions: these are concepts foreign to cyberpunk.
Why are people having to scrabble to survive, in a world where two separate companies have invented ways to perfectly substitute human labour at essentially zero cost? Because capitalism. There’s no reason why anyone in the world of Netrunner should have to work to survive, when bioroid labour is perfectly capable of doing it for them. But if people stop working, Haas Bioroid stops making profit from them. And if Haas Bioroid stops making profit, it doesn’t need to make bioroids. And so the poor must exist so the rich can.
Of course, the ethical dilemmas in the creation of bioroids, and Jinteki’s clones, are also fairly cyberpunk – because, again, they involve the wanton disregard for the rights of a sentient being to satisfy the profit motive.
It’s to the credit of cyberpunk as a genre, and Netrunner as a specific case of it, that it so rarely gets depressing. Because the other major plank in the ethos is people fighting back.
But for me, Hedge Fund is the most depressing card of them all. Because what it says is that nothing will change. Even given the fact that Netrunner is, essentially, End Stage Capitalism: The Card Game, Hedge Fund is a reminder is that it’s set in a world in which the most iconic way to make a quick buck, after all these years, in a world with mining on the moon and clones in the household, is still, as ever, running a fucking Hedge Fund.

thenetrunnerproject:

Cyberpunk is the subgenre of science fiction which asks, essentially, “what if we had the technology to solve all our problems, but we also still had capitalism?”

It posits glorious highs and crippling lows, but – crucially – there’s little that seems to require the lows. Once you start suggesting reasons for people struggling in poverty, you move out of cyberpunk and in to full blown dystopian fiction. Resource constraints, overpopulation, alien invasions: these are concepts foreign to cyberpunk.

Why are people having to scrabble to survive, in a world where two separate companies have invented ways to perfectly substitute human labour at essentially zero cost? Because capitalism. There’s no reason why anyone in the world of Netrunner should have to work to survive, when bioroid labour is perfectly capable of doing it for them. But if people stop working, Haas Bioroid stops making profit from them. And if Haas Bioroid stops making profit, it doesn’t need to make bioroids. And so the poor must exist so the rich can.

Of course, the ethical dilemmas in the creation of bioroids, and Jinteki’s clones, are also fairly cyberpunk – because, again, they involve the wanton disregard for the rights of a sentient being to satisfy the profit motive.

It’s to the credit of cyberpunk as a genre, and Netrunner as a specific case of it, that it so rarely gets depressing. Because the other major plank in the ethos is people fighting back.

But for me, Hedge Fund is the most depressing card of them all. Because what it says is that nothing will change. Even given the fact that Netrunner is, essentially, End Stage Capitalism: The Card Game, Hedge Fund is a reminder is that it’s set in a world in which the most iconic way to make a quick buck, after all these years, in a world with mining on the moon and clones in the household, is still, as ever, running a fucking Hedge Fund.

comicsriot:

Miss America coins the “Face It Tiger, You Just Hit the Jackpot” of the 21st Century.

comicsriot:

Miss America coins the “Face It Tiger, You Just Hit the Jackpot” of the 21st Century.

comicsriot:

Miss America vs. Physics

comicsriot:

Miss America vs. Physics

serenity-moon:

The Scale of Inner Senshi Strength

vgjunk:

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, Gamecube.

vgjunk:

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, Gamecube.

tardiscrash:

Let’s be real, in a time before the internet people didn’t have more adventures and make more meaningful connections. They watched TV and listened to CDs. Before that they listened to records and read magazines. Before that they listened to the radio and read bad dime novels. Before that they embroidered or some shit.

People have been staying inside and ignoring other people for as long as there have been buildings. 

plaidandredlipstick:

the reason male comic book fans work themselves into a frenzied rage over “fake geek girls" is because they think they can’t get a girlfriend because of their love for comic books (a.k.a nerdiness). if they accept that geek girls genuinely love comic books, then they’re…

Fandoms don’t do what authors want them to.

lolmythesis:

Linguistics, University of Pittsburgh

The UNIT “Dating” Crisis: Using Digital Humanities Tools to Investigate Shipping Claims in the Third Doctor Era of Doctor Who