↑According to SFAM, besides the dirty, hyper-realistic “lived-in” looks and dark motifs contrasted by schocking neon color schemes, there’s yet another element defining cyberpunk visuals—a sense of slick style. Additionally, in the ↑comments to the Blade Runner review, DannyV_El_Acme and SFAM agreed on the movie’s famous pane featuring the huge billboard with the cute geisha being one of the most recognizable topoi/icons of the cyberpunk genre, as a lot of cyberpunk’s essence is captured within that one shot: asian influence, technology, alluring chicks, mega-corporations, dystopic futures, etc. Now, when dealing with any aspect of cyberculture, the history of technology and the history of imagination, representation, and promotion of technology is indispensable. ↑Compu-Promo features “nine examples of computer promotional photography sent to newspapers in the 60s and 70s,” hilarious comments included. Slick style, technology, alluring chicks, mega-corporations—everything’s there already. Taking current events into account, the asian-influence now is in this images, too— as the sale of International Business Machines Corp.’s personal computer business to a Chinese company illustrates. In a way the pics hit me just as the ↵ANIMAC-dancer did.
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