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Curious as to which specific cyberpunk "romanticises" oppression?
Neuromancer doesn't (from my memories), being fairly clear that the system is all consuming and inhumane - Case is a grifter at the margins, not even remotely heroic.
Snow Crash is the same, Hiro is an asshole with few redeeming qualities, and the guy who pretty much invented the Metaverse is so removed from his creation by capitalism that he lives in a storage locker.
Those two are (to my mind) the origin points of cyberpunk - and characterise both the serious and the satirical strains of the genre. Neither are in love with the systems they depict.


The societies of cyberpunk are dystopian and gritty showing the problems of such societies fairly well. The problem though is that there is little critique of such societies in the book other than the portrayal of the atrocities. Most main characters don't care about these societal problems much and can be described as antiheroes in many ways beacuse of how they live their lives and how they relate to this dystopia. Yet their lives are glorified, as is their often pointles and selfish adventures.

Take case in neuromancer for instance. A well written character whom we are supposed to feel empathy for, yet case's adventure is far from anything we could say is considerably worthy of praise. The morals of fighting oppression is lacking from cyberpunk while lives of people who makes morally dubious choices are glorified. In essence this reinforces the false idea that the oppressed in such a dystopia are helpless and can't do much to fight suppression.

A good cyberpunk story would take up the struggles of figthing oppression as well as the daily struggles of oppression and not only glorify the daily struggles of the supressed people.