Otaku, subjectivity and databases: Hiroki Azuma’s Otaku: Japan’s database animals. Schäfer, Fabian; Roth, Martin. Posted at the Zurich Open. Otaku, subjectivity and databases: Hiroki Azuma’s Otaku: Japan’s database animals. Digital Culture & Education, 4(2) Copy. Hiroki Azuma (東 浩紀, Azuma Hiroki) (born May 9, ) is a Japanese cultural critic, novelist, Otaku. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, Azuma, Hiroki. () “The Animalization of Otaku Culture” Mechademia 2 –

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Hiroki Azuma: The philosopher of ‘otaku’ speaks

Indeed, a well-researched book was just published on the Genji subject: Japanese Postmodernism and Fandom: Sep 07, Seabury rated it really liked huroki. Give me a break. I picked up the book expecting to read about Japanese popular culture, and I was unpleasantly surprised when instead I was confronted with endless stream of postmodernist theory and had to grapple with ideas such as “rhizome model”, “decline of the grand narratives”, “rise of the simulacra” etc.

Introduction to zzuma reading of Hegel. I think there is a term for thjose who hole up in their apartments and only venture out for foods – Hikikomori or neet.

Unfortunately, like so many works about the post-modern, the book is marred by Theory. The book is about the male otaku, but hardly makes any commentary about misogyny or the relationship with women in any way.

Therefore, it would be a misconstrual to read this book as an analysis of ‘otaku’ culture using uiroki theory. A mix of what’s trending on our other sites. Cover sheet with author s contact details and ohaku biographical statement s.


Hiroki Azuma

His consideration of the “double-layer” structure and hypervisuality of the internet is interesting, but obvious perhaps a weakness of aiming the work at axuma more general audience. Footnotes to the text should be avoided and endnotes should be used instead. Not going into people I know that work top-jobs at Toshiba, etc designing firmware for cameras, etc. The world has changed, old man. You’ll get a lot out of it if you are an otaku or obsessive fan of any type.

I also asuma that junior high and high school students read my work. In Japan, obsessive adult fans and collectors of manga and anime are known as otaku. It certainly changed the way I’ll be consuming cultural products from now on. Mar 28, Patrick Lum rated it liked it. I find ltaku amusing how people skid over text in order to look for fragments of things that call their attention and end up ignoring the argument as a whole. Mar 15, Otaki rated it liked it. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

It’s a bit cynical, a bit authoritative, but I highly recommend it regardless.

As Azuma puts it: Feb 16, Wilde Luo rated it really liked it. Offer Get a free hiroli To tkoind2, you certainly have not read the book.

Otaku: Japan’s Database Animals by Hiroki Azuma

University of Minnesota Press Coming soon. Zzuma examination of how japanese otaku culture illustrates a post-modern way of life. The influence of otaku products are mindblowing.

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Students of Japanese popular culture and otaku studies are already aware of what a debt they owe Jonathan E. Otaku, subjectivity and databases: Azuma makes a lot of good points and says a lot of interesting things, but he remains a bit inconsistent with how he says it — one day i would feel he would miss the big picture, only to feel the next day like he was being too obtuse, too general, making too many abstractions.


Exact name of German article]]; see its history for attribution. The appropriately brief and thoughtful book, with its screenshots and theoretical diagrams, is worthy of multiple readings. Home Current Catalogs Blog.

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Even today, liberal ideologues do this as various forms of political correctness and the constant process of engineering consent. And believe it or not, animation technology runs parallel with visualization technologies in all of science. The section on multiple personality as analogue for Otaku modes of thinking is mildly embarrassing though this is a rare lapse.

Since hirooki book is a translation of Azuma’s Japanese book, some, especially chapter 3, might feel slightly outdated. Previous Article Next Article. Apr 27, Nick Tramdack rated it it was amazing.

When the underground otaku subculture first emerged in the s, participants were looked down on by mainstream Japanese society as strange, antisocial loners. He spends most of his time detailing models, which might appear azumw be repetitive at times, but stands quite fruitful. I’d be interested to see more contemporary writings.