Here’s a thing I’ve had around in my head for a while!
Okay, so I’m pretty sure that by now everyone at least is aware of Steampunk, with it’s completely awesome Victorian sci-fi aesthetic. But what I want to see is Solarpunk – a plausible near-future sci-fi genre, which I like to imagine as based on updated Art Nouveau, Victorian, and Edwardian aesthetics, combined with a green and renewable energy movement to create a world in which children grow up being taught about building electronic tech as well as food gardening and other skills, and people have come back around to appreciating artisans and craftspeople, from stonemasons and smithies, to dress makers and jewelers, and everyone in between. A balance of sustainable energy-powered tech, environmental cities, and wicked cool aesthetics.
A lot of people seem to share a vision of futuristic tech and architecture that looks a lot like an ipod – smooth and geometrical and white. Which imo is a little boring and sterile, which is why I picked out an Art Nouveau aesthetic for this.
With energy costs at a low, I like to imagine people being more inclined to focus their expendable income on the arts!
Aesthetically my vision of solarpunk is very similar to steampunk, but with electronic technology, and an Art Nouveau veneer.
So here are some buzz words~
Tailors and dressmakers!
Stained glass window solar panels!!!
Education in tech and food growing!
Less corporate capitalism, and more small businesses!
Solar rooftops and roadways!
Communal greenhouses on top of apartments!
Electric cars with old-fashioned looks!
No-cars-allowed walkways lined with independent shops!
Renewable energy-powered Art Nouveau-styled tech life!
Can you imagine how pretty it would be to have stained glass windows everywhere that are actually solar panels? The tech is already headed in that direction! Or how about wide-brim hats, or parasols that are topped with discreet solar panel tech incorporated into the design, with ports you can stick your phone charger in to?
(((Character art by me; click the cityscape pieces to see artist names)))
i am so into this wow
sign me the fuck up
I want a solarpunk future. *_*
SOLARPUNK OH MY GODDDDDD i love it
CURVY ORGANIC LINES, REFLECT NATURE, FLORALS VEGETATION, UGHHHH I WANT IT
Sign me up for this future.
I’ve been waiting for someone to make this a gif
damn near 30 years ago and still relevant
Can someone show me a similarly frank conversation about rape culture in any of your progressive faves….
I think it’s super interesting this convo is happening between two men of colour BECAUSE they’re so much more likely to be accused of or picked up during or seen as rapists because of the historical necessities of white supremacy.
Like would a conversation like this happen between two white men of the same era, or now, did it, has it would it?
Disco Snuffy has entered the building.
guys remember when nobody except Big Bird believed Snuffleupagus was real?
but then later they dropped that and people talked to Snuffleupagus like it was a normal thing
was there, canonically, a big dramatic moment when the truth of Snuffleupagus was revealed to the world?
or, like, did everybody know the whole time and they were just pranking Big Bird?
In an interview on a Canadian telethon that was hosted by Bob McGrath, Snuffy’s performer, Martin P. Robinson, revealed that Snuffy was finally introduced to the main human cast mainly due to a string of high profile and sometimes graphic stories of pedophilia and sexual abuse of children that had been aired on shows such as 60 Minutes and 20/20. The writers felt that by having the adults refuse to believe Big Bird despite the fact that he was telling the truth, they were scaring children into thinking that their parents would not believe them if they had been sexually abused and that they would just be better off remaining silent.
There always seem to be more and more reasons to love Sesame Street/The Children’s Television Workshop. I never knew about the reasoning behind the Snuffy reveal (I was a toddler at the time, after all), but I’m so, so glad to learn they were thinking through the implications of believing or disbelieving stories that children are telling.
Damn right you did.
like, to put it more simply: saying homophobia is at the root of biphobia is NOT saying people only hate bi people as a side effect of hating gay people. it’s saying people hate bi people and gay people because they hate people who are attracted to the…
A woman’s place is in the revolution.
I… I… I…
It is impossible to overstate how much I love this.