In April 2011, the Chinese government prohibited on TV and films and in novels all stories that contain alternate reality or time travel. This is a good sign for China. It means that people still dream about alternatives, so you have to prohibit this dream. Here we don’t think of prohibition. Because the ruling system has even suppressed our capacity to dream. Look at the movies that we see all the time. It’s easy to imagine the end of the world.
He is referring to movies belonging to the cyberpunk discourse, of course.
“The ↑Guy Fawkes mask—the symbol of the occupy-movement?”
Journalist Hannah Beitzer asked this question yesterday in her article on the manifestations of the occupy movement in Germany [published in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, one of Germany’s biggest transregional daily newspapers]. Well, certainly I am the first who wants to have the answer ‘Yes!’ Especially after my rant on Fawkes and the ↵influence of 1980s British cyberpunk. And because I deem ↵Alan Moore to be one of the most important writers of the late 20th century. So I sifted through a ton of pictures from the recent occupy events. My superficial impression is that Guy Fawkes is more often present in pictures by media professionals than by those of grassroots photographers. Nevertheless he seems to be round the world these days:
What I want to say … To all symbolic, media, and general anthropologists out there: The pool or repository of choice from which contemporary sociocultural phenomena draw their symbols is the cyberpunk discourse.
UPDATE: Already back in June journalist Matthias Heine has published an article in Welt Online sporting the headline ↑Warum Demonstranten eine Offiziersmaske tragen [Why demonstrators wear an officer’s mask], very much hitting the nail on the head—he even sufficiently hails the genius of ↵Alan Moore.