Yes, I'm talking in the future. (Not the actual year 2000.) I was thinking about the near-masturbatory discussion I had with Yojimbo-kun towards the end of this thread about mainstream respectability for anime and whatnot. I was also thinking how sites like Wikipedia are full of anime/manga/videogames stuff, yet the "old media" still doesn't talk about that stuff much. Certainly I do not openly profess my love of Neon Genesis Evangelion or Final Fantasy at Christmas dinner. Universities don't have any fancy courses on this kind of thing (with some exceptions). How soon until Yojimbo-kun can publish a multi-volume analysis of Neon Genesis Evangelion?
If the cultural discussion is ruled by the people controlling media, does that mean the geek-filled "new media" will change the discussion? Will our children grow up looking at Anno-san (or whichever geek/otaku icon you prefer) the same way we look to whatever old guys past generations dig? More importantly, will the children of people who don't even like this shit find that their kids are totally sucked in? Is the new world just beyond the corner? How much hyperbole can you withstand?
So when does the future arrive? Will your children be brainwashed with a steady diet of Super Mario and Ghibli? When I get my fifth degree, will it be in shojo studies? When does society collapse completely?
I actually don't know, to be honest.
And as a completely honest question (since I haven't been in high school since Ahmadinejad attacked the World Trade Centre), are the young people today more openly into this stuff? Does being a geek/otaku still get you sent to loserville in high school?
On that note, I will leave you with this, my inspiration for the topic:
Kiel wrote:Is it just me, or are we being persecuted for our "beliefs" a lot more lately?
Dave wrote:You are alone Kiel.
Also, this thread is my apology for making Evageeks the number one Google result for !#@$&%*&@ing advice.