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Cyberpunk, in the popular consciousness, conjures a glut of dissociated images: Blade Runner’s slummy urban landscape, hackers in sunglasses, Japanese cyborgs, grubby tech, digital intoxication, Keanu Reeves as Johnny Mnemonic. But it began as an insanely niche subculture within science fiction, one which articulated young writerly distaste for the historically utopian optimism of the medium and, in turn, provided an aesthetic reference point for burgeoning hacker culture, before metastasizing into a full-on cultural trend.

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For many, the release of Smells Like Teen Spirit in 1991 marked the beginning of a love affair with Nirvana; however, for an instantaneous idol as reluctant as Kurt Cobain, it marked the beginning of the end as, almost immediately, the song, its accompanying video, and the album from which it came were the focus of an entire generation. Below: an unsent letter, written by Cobain in 1993 and addressed to MTV.

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Dear Empty TV

the entity of all Corporate Gods

We will survive without you easily — — the oldschool is going DOWN FAST

my lifes Dedication is Now to Do Nothing But SLAG something

Kurdt Kobain xxx
professional Rock musician

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