Hey, so do you know what Steampunk is? Here’s the short of it: it’s a subgenre of speculative fiction that explores the consequences of the Industrial and Technological Revolutions, had they happened any number of years prior to when they did in our world. This means you end up with Victorian gentlemen exploring the moon in steamrockets or cavemen driving freight trains or something, I don’t know, it’s all pretty stupid.
But what if, you may ask, the present day INTERNET existed hundreds or even thousands of years ago?! You may think it would be wonderful, magical, something to make your heart soar — but you’re wrong. The internet is a horrible place and the advent of Web 2.0, with its Twitters and its YouTubes and yes even its Facebooks, has only made things more vapid and inane. So if the internet existed hundreds of years ago, chances are it would be just as insipid as it is today.
And so I present to you: Tweetpunk. Like Steampunk but with Twitter, sort of!
It’s what would happen if historical personalities had access to Twitter. It’s really not that hard to grasp, and below are some examples! I think they are pretty funny, and if you get any ideas for a Tweetpunk then send them to me and I may make some more, or you could save me the trouble and make your own!
And I had a little help from my friends: I have to give extra special credit to Jeremy, who helped create this insidious beast, and he also wrote a few. Shoutout to Dan for writing a couple (in spirit)! And Keith also came up with one but I didn’t make it because I am lazy. He gets his name mentioned anyway.
If you can’t figure out what one of these is referencing, go ahead and comment about it. Then I can scold you for not being able to figure out your history based on wildly inaccurate and/or distorted context clues!
Come on people — in the past few weeks, we’ve seen Twitter make history. Now let’s see what happens when Twitter is history!