– “Bud, from Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age, is a classic cyberpunk protagonist. An aggressive, black-leather clad criminal loner with cybernetic body augmentations (including a neurolinked skull gun), Bud makes his living first as a drug runner’s decoy, then by terrorizing tourists for money. All of which goes a long way toward explaining why his ass gets wasted on page 37 of a 455 page novel.(…)”
– “Classic cyberpunk characters were marginalized, alienated loners who lived on the edge of society in generally dystopic futures where daily life was impacted by rapid technological change, an ubiquitous datsphere of computerized information, and invasive modification of the human body.(…)”
– “Cyberpunk tended to be cold, detached and alienated. Postcyberpunk tends to be warm, involved, and connected. (…)”
– “Cyberpunk characters frequently seek to topple or exploit corrupt social orders. Postcyberpunk characters tend to seek ways to live in, or even strengthen, an existing social order, or help construct a better one. (…)”
– “Postcyberpunk uses the same immersive world-building technique, but features different characters, settings, and, most importantly, makes fundamentally different assumptions about the future. Far from being alienated loners, postcyberpunk characters are frequently integral members of society (i.e., they have jobs). They live in futures that are not necessarily dystopic (indeed, they are often suffused with an optimism that ranges from cautious to exuberant), but their everyday lives are still impacted by rapid technological change and an omnipresent computerized infrastructure. (…)”
update: See also wikipedia entry postcyberpunk.
update II: I’ve come across this comparing wikipedia’s german and english entries on ‘punk’ and the public discussion that is linked to at each page (here and here). Among various differences I find remarkable that in the german article’s discussion the connection of punk and cyberpunk is controversely discussed while in the english article’s, as far as I see, it has not been questioned and/or deleted in a comparable rigour at all.