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Welcome to Neosynth. I'm Neon, and this is my website. Here are some facts about me that might influence the kinds of things that end up on this site:
Cyberpunk is more than just my aesthetic.
I spend a significant amount of my time exploring technologies that empower the digital rights and online privacy of myself and others.
Be the change you want to see in the world
-- Not Gandhi
I created this website to be a platform for publishing content in a manner that I can confidently state does not host advertisements and does not engage in unethical tracking.
I hope for this site to be an example to inspire others to follow my lead and break away from mainstream content hosting platforms. I want to live in a world with a freer and more organic federated internet with less corporate influence than we see today. The only way that will happen is if all of us come together and take back our internet from our corporate overlords. I hope that you will join me in this pursuit.
Ultimately, these kinds of issues go even further than the internet. We live in a world where rampant consumerism and monolithic corporate and state actors are capable of manufacturing our consent to be led on an unprecedented scale. The technologies that have been granted to us via the Information Revolution have undeniably improved our lives immensely, but they have also brought us into a new era where we must struggle with the dangers inherent to powerful tools of information dissemination. These kinds of ideas and obstacles are inherent to cyberpunk as a genre, and are likely to be prevalent as recurring themes within my work.
I express myself through fiction.
As a child, I grew up reading the works of Isaac Asimov and marvelling at the worlds he built. To this day, I find myself fascinated with fictional worlds and the people who populate them.
I spend a significant amount of time consuming various works of fiction, and in constructing my own fictional works and characters. I pride myself in my attention to detail in the worlds that I craft, and I do my best to construct people and scenarios that adhere to realistically adhere to the in-universe laws and constrains that I've applied to them.
To me, exploring the lives and experiences of fictional characters is a window into ourselves and a valuable tool for developing our sense of empathy and understanding for others. It is my intent to use this site to share my heartfelt appreciation for fiction with others.
My formal education is in linguistics
My university education has greatly shaped my worldview and my understanding of the way people communicate with each other. The capacity for language is one of the most inherent and quintissential traits that we as sentient beings share that bonds us with one another.
Language is the tool we use to express ourselves, and every language gives its speakers their own personalised set of tools for expressing their ideas. I think there is an inherent beauty to the diversity in the linguistic expression in different cultures. Language has such an immense impact on our daily lives, yet I think it is often taken it for granted and seldom subject to any kind of depthy analysis.
I am very easily excited by this stuff, and so I tend to make observations and go on extended tangents with regard to linguistic concepts that I find interesting. You will probably see linguists content sprinkled throughout this site in random places. I hope that you come to enjoy it as much as I do :)