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Author Topic: The Gatehouse Returns to Regular Blogging  (Read 317 times)
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« on: October 09, 2011, 01:01:57 pm »

A bit of self-promotion but also, hopefully, something that will stir a bit of discussion in the steampunk community about where we want to take the culture in the future.

The dieselpunk and steampunk blog The Gatehouse is returning to regular blogging with a team of Gatehouse Gazette contributors. The upcoming, 21st edition of the Gazette, scheduled for release November 1, will be the last regularly published issue of the magazine and the blog is a replacement of the e-zine where we'll post articles, essays, reviews and dieselpunk and steampunk news.

Part of the motivation for starting the blog is that many Gazette contributors feel that the steampunk is being taken in a direction that we don't necessarily think is right.

There are two developments in particular that we resent. One is to ascribe a particular ideology to steampunk that not all of us are fond of (though some are). We believe that steampunk should be apolitical; a hobby and interest before anything else.

At the same time, we do want steampunk to be more than gentle cosplay and costuming. This is the other thing we’re wary of — the influx of people who want to be part of “the next big thing” without wondering just what steampunk is about. It’s not a unified philosophical or political movement but it’s not just a fashion style either. Steampunk is a community and a subculture with ideas. At The Gatehouse, we'll try to cover and develop those ideas.

Please, join the discussion here or at our page. The new blog is online at gatehouse.ottens.co.uk.
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