The Transformation of Cyberpunk
From Resistant Subculture to Popular Style
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- Cyberpunk; Literature studies; Symbolic value; Transformation; Resistance; Subculture
Since the 1980s, innovations in information technology have brought unprecedented impact on human society, and the relationship between humans and artificial intelligence has been thrust into the limelight. Against this background, this study aims to explore how the symbolic meaning of the subculture represented by cyberpunk has changed under the influence of technology, society, and capital. Theoretical insights from symbolic value theory and symbolic interaction theory are synthesized in the context of cyberpunk’s transformation, based on which a conceptual framework is thus proposed. In a documentary analysis, this essay divides cyberpunk’s transformation process into different stages: in the growing stage, classic cyberpunk inherits the resistance of punk culture; in the changing stage, the resistance of post-cyberpunk culture reflects the cultural qualities of postmodernism; and in the merging stage, commercial cyberpunk has become a popular style, gradually losing its resistance to the mainstream culture. It is found that, during the transformation of cyberpunk, its resistance shows different characteristics in different stages, which reflects the relationship between subculture and mainstream culture from resistance to incorporation. With the findings, this study contributes to the cyberpunk culture literature by extending the application of symbolic value theory and symbolic interaction theory. Meanwhile, the findings also provide guidelines for future cyberpunk research in meaning.
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TY - CONF AU - Weiyi Zhang PY - 2022 DA - 2022/12/16 TI - The Transformation of Cyberpunk BT - Proceedings of the 2022 2nd International Conference on Modern Educational Technology and Social Sciences (ICMETSS 2022) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 511 EP - 519 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/978-2-494069-45-9_62 DO - 10.2991/978-2-494069-45-9_62 ID - Zhang2022 ER -