Recently, the Airship Ambassador did a two part interview with the Moderators of the Great Steampunk Debate, an unprecedented effort to get Steampunks talking about the meaning of Steampunk. to my knowledge, it was the first real collective effort to have a global discussion about what Steampunk really IS.
You can read Part One here, Part Two here, and Part Three here. These interviews are long, but quite informative on how the moderators saw their roles, their initial expectations for the Great Steampunk Debate, and how it all played out in the end.
I found the interviews really interesting, especially because I know very little about moderating forums and spend very little time foruming. It gave a lot of insight on how something like a forum is controlled, especially a forum where there are set goals for the discussion.
I hope you all find these interviews as interesting as I did.
The latest edition of Steampunk Magazine is one which focuses on the politics and identity of Steampunk. Challenging questions like how or if Steampunk is political, how we understand and interpret our inspirations, and the “scene” of Steampunk is only the beginning of very serious questions a new subculture must ask itself. What does being a Steampunk imply about who we are and what we believe? Why does it matter? Is there a unifying Steampunk identity?
It’s not often that a person can take an active role in the discussion and shaping of one’s subculture. Most are too old and well established that when you adopt a label like “Goth” or “Prep” or “Punk” there are certain things assumed about and ascribed to that person. Steampunk is too young to have these conventions imposed upon its practitioners quite yet, but there certainly seems to be a desire to understand who we are and why we do what we do.
To answer this demand, the makers of Steampunk Magazine have put together The Great Steampunk Debate, a forum for all things culturally Steampunk. Here, you can read the insight and opinions of Steampunks from all over the globe as we try to make sense of our subculture and try to find some unifying parts that make us all inextricably Steampunk. It is certainly more than just polished wood, brass bits, and watch parts, but what exactly is precisely for the debate to decide.
Join the forum and chime in or just read what others have to say. Either way, I know you will find something here which will intrigue you.