2.3 The Meaning of “Punk”
There’s been much discussion in the Dieselpunk community about the use of the suffix “Punk.” Punk adds several elements to Dieselpunk.
The – punk suffix allows for twisting and mixing. The Punk component allows for alternative history, horror, science fiction and more.
In addition, the Punk in Dieselpunk is a postmodern phenomenon with an emphasis on the poststructuralist aspect that, rather than a metanarrative, involves a first-person narrative. The individual reconstructs or reimagines the source material and consciously intends to blend this inspiration with a contemporary idea or style.
Finally, the –punk suffix reflects a counter-cultural attitude of dissatisfaction with contemporary society and displays that dissatisfaction in the way the person celebrates Dieselpunk individually and within the community.