Neutrality and the Unheard Woes of the Omnifan

This is true, but this is also not true. Do you see the aforementioned sentence as two arguments, or just one?

It has been a long time since I last wrote. The rigorous clacking of keyboard keys and the weaving of ideas that boggle the mind and soul of the Japanese visual media consumer ring faintly in my mind as I stare intently at the blankness that is the Add New Post page. Alas, these thoughts that are constantly swirling my mind are demanding an outlet of protest, for they have been suppressed for far too long.

What am I talking about, exactly? What ails the elusive enigma to the point of unprecedented resurrection? That is, simply being, the dissection of the very existence of the omnifan.


Discourse, Fandom, Methodology

[Post by Lelangir]

warning: meta junk.

Brother ghost has written us another post, and a reply we shall conjure.

He writes:

Stories have become primary methodology of education. It’s not that really different now. We have enormous variation in terms of media, but stories perform many of the same purposes: to educate the listener/reader/viewer in language and culture, and to be entertaining while doing so.

As I interpret and extrapolate, ghost establishes a methodology of learning via stories. Here, media acts as a vehicle for stories, which themselves are vehicles for values and norms (i.e. I learn through the bible that raeping women is r..wrong).

I add that stories have a meta-value here. The original methodology that we speak of – that is, the simple transmitting of values – can form the foundation of what some theorists might call critical consciousness, or, in other words, awareness, reflexivity, etc. Reflexivity occurs when people are critical of methodology: “no, ur doing it wrong!” “____ is cancer!” “only weeaboo like teh Narutos.” etc.

Because we’re intrinsically speaking of people here (people are basically the operative factor in talking about “transmitting values”), we have to frame all of this in terms of populations. For the sake of anime relevance, and we’ve probably spoke about this already somewhere down the road, fans are those who partake in methodology but are not critical of other fans. Once, however, a fan becomes critical (or remotely aware of other fans and their methodological behaviors) of another fan, they enter the fandom.

Yet here is the central problem: can fandom exist merely by the nonverbalized consciousness of individuals? – or does fandom require discourse? This is kind of a Foucauldian take on Marxism: critical discourse makes up the material base upon which the superstructural “fandom” is situated. Because this is the internet, discourse is necessarily “material”. It’s significant to consider, however, that in this perspective, fandom is not a material entity but an ideology whose territory engulfs its own constituents. So to speak, the process of becoming conscious (entering fandom) then expands the “mass” of the ideology of fandom.

But anyway, I would say that fandom requires discourse to exist.

An interesting turn on this is what you might call the “counter-meta methodological faction”. Of course, we’ve seen the sections of fandom that scoff at critical discourse, instead emphasizing focus on methodology, without all the wwwwwww stuff. It’s a good point, but it’s interesting because it’s a discourse that runs counter to itself in order to end itself.

There’s some more to this, but I forgot, so that’ll be part 2, maybe.

These random acts of violence were brought to you by Pizza Hut…

What's going on here? Oh wait, I don't care.

What's going on here? Oh wait, I don't care.

Well, I gave myself the task of writing about Maria-Sama ga Miteru for a reason, and we have finally struck (some of you may say foundered) upon it — forcing myself to write new and crazy things, outside my typical purview.  Well, honestly, last episode’s entry wasn’t in my comfort zone either, perhaps explaining why it made no sense — leading, I suppose, to a single comment.  I’m being passive-aggressive at you.  I suppose this post might be considered editorial, RE: the conversation I spawned with this twitter, and I suppose I’m okay with that.  What I mean is, I’m just going to start talking.  My idea behind this post is to question some of the assumptions I bring with me whenever I sit down with this show.  I’ll try to hit all the characters, but no guarantees…


Twelve Moments 12

It was this or NSFW. Damn fanart.

It was this or NSFW. Damn fanart.

As Pontifus already told you, we’re diving hip-deep into the twelve moments of anime project for 2008.  However, I will warn you in advance, I’ll be “cheating” a little and doing some video game moments as well — I don’t think that’s too much of a problem, as Super Fanicom is about gaming as well.  Moving on!

As you might have gathered, my first entry into Superfanicom’s ultimate, giant Christmas extravaganza is Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu.  The trick here — the one that explains the questions you’re hurling at your screen right now — is that it isn’t the show that I’m entering here.  It’s the phenomenon.


The post in which I act all deep while secretly copping out hardcore

My paper is mostly finished, actually, but I’m still applying to school and have the dreaded grading — as well as coming up with a syllabus for next semester.  So I’m not actually writing a long post, I’m simply linking you to one.

A lot of people, recently, seem to be writing about the nature of the otakusphere.  I would link you to all of them, but I don’t remember them all.  I haven’t particularly bothered, as I really view my place, at Super Fanicom and the otakusphere generally, as the doggedly-obsessed one who starts discussing Derrida at cocktail parties (yes, Friday night, what’s your point?).  Self-reflection would take time away from writing about minutiae.  Also it would require me to have a vague understanding of the miniature society we’re all a part of, and like the bigger version, I’m just not paying attention.

Anyway.  Instead of trying to make something up, I’m telling you to just read this post.  Not only does it seem good, and true, and all those things our Gurren Lagann tells us to appreciate — it also came next in my rss after a sweet post about Forrest Ackerman, who has just died recently.  So, the post in question isn’t specifically about anime, but then again, neither is Derrida.  Here’s a bit of it if you haven’t already clicked over:

Fandom’s about not being alone anymore. Maybe you started as a fan-inna-box, two hundred miles from the nearest con and farther still to the nearest fan, but you came here to find friends, and to share your squee, and to create things together, and to say, “I was here, and I loved this thing, and these are the people who will remember me.”

So if you want to know what I think the otakusphere is, there.  I’m pointing to that.  Go, and frolic.


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