There are common themes in a lot of cyberpunk films and stories and if you look closely then you can find that there's more to it. Themes like "conformity" don't ring true with people these days because we don't really know what it means. I don't think we have enough people in this world yet to understand. Or maybe technology isn't fast enough. Or maybe this is a time of peace, despite the economy. In the future things could be the complete opposite. I sometimes wonder if I'll live to see real cyberpunk times and would I want to? That's a double edged sword. We always think that the grass is greener on the other side but then we get there and realize it's not what we thought. What does the future hold? Floating skateboards? Floating cars? Floating buildings? I'm o.k. with my CD's and my DVD's for now. The rush to end up in the download age is not for me. Everyone will need a huge hard drive when that age comes. In the future there will be good things and bad things. The teachings of cyberpunks has always been the fear of corporate rule. With corporate rule may someday come the end of small business. That's a big fear even today with the WTO, which is sort of necessary in its own way. Other bad things might be the government being taken over by corporations and run so as to make us "conform". What does that mean exactly? That's the scary part. We may not want to know. In times like that I'm sure we wouldn't want to conform and being "cyberpunk" might be a way of being normal. Mobs are simply evolving to become corporations so someday you won't be able to tell the difference between the good and bad guys.