It's really weird to me that the most enduring trope of cyberpunk stories is the one we have absolutely no evidence for being worth talking about: interfacing with technology compromising your humanity in some fundamental way and that actually mattering to you or anyone.
The march of neoliberal privatization slowly turning every cultural problem to a market solution? Nah, who cares. Not a relevant genre marker.

Man being as interchangeable and replaceable as machines in the eyes of corporations and the State? Nope, irrelevant.
But dudes with sweet robot legs being real sad they can walk again because something something technology bad? Oh yeah we can groove on this, baby.

Weird queers getting gene splicing tech or cool nanoparts or whatever? Ooh, scary. Decadent. Weimar Germany yada yada.
This is why straight people with corporate money can't super be trusted to write important fiction, you guys.
Meanwhile over here in material reality the very structures of our brains have been altered by the use of computer, the internet, and especially smartphones and social media. The younger and more plastic your brain is, the more it's likely been altered.
And yet most of us don't point and shriek at zoomers in existential dread at the horror we have wrought when we decided to play God by sending messages to each other around the world at lightspeed... Most of us.
When new prosthetic tech comes out we're all by and large fascinated by it and excited for it. We don't go "He's more machine than man now. Truly this is a time of demons."
Like, I dunno, maybe we'll get there. But as yet all evidence points more in the direction of us being pretty much okay on that front, spiritually and metaphysically speaking.

Now the dire warnings about corporatocracy on the other hand? Those were pretty on point, and yet...

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