The Spectacular Professor Posted April 22, 2008 Share Posted April 22, 2008 ...But this is just ridiculous. [URL="http://media.www.dailyemerald.com/media/storage/paper859/news/2007/10/15/Opinion/Japanese.Anime.Destroying.American.Society-3032463.shtml"]Click Here[/URL] Seriously, this guy made an entire article about how "teh bad anim00z is destroying ur socyitee!!!" Let's take a look at some of the finer points. [quote]It wasn't until around the fifth grade that I began to think something was wrong. That year, a strange new cartoon worked its way into the social lexicon of coolness. It was called "Dragon Ball Z" and, for reasons my 10-year-old mind could not articulate, it was making me nervous. Ten years later, I can't help thinking that I could have done something, anything, to stop the tsunami of anime that was to come.[/quote] Translation by Ace's Babelfish: "There was a new show in town that became insanely popular while I was a child. Personally, I didn't care for it. Instead of just ignoring it, however, I decided to wage a war against the entire genre." [quote]In a society dominated by excess and two-second attention spans, cartoons play a significant role in preparing us for the world. Each can be thought of as a 30-minute babysitter, instilling the kids who watch them with certain values and life lessons. But the landscape has changed.[/quote] This guy's either sadly mistaken as to the purpose of entertainment or he has the laziest parents ever. [quote]Before I go any further, I should state the following: No matter who you are - whether you're black, white, Asian, Latino, even Canadian - I don't judge you by the color of your skin. I say this because I direct my comments to the media elites, in Japan and elsewhere, who have taken it upon themselves to flood the airwaves with shows like "Pokemon," "Digimon," and "Yugio" - sorry, "Yu-Gi-Oh!" They all started as card trading games, and should have ended there as well. Instead they've jumped to the mass media, where they're slowly chipping away at our collective moral fiber.[/quote] 1: The first few lines reek of BS, since he's attacking anime as a genre, which is all made in Japan. 2: Did he seriously just lump Pokemon, Digimon and Yu-Gi-Oh! together under a collective umbrella? Maybe if he actually watched what he was dissing, he'd realize how foolish he looks right now. 3: Chipping away at our moral fiber... with the same morals that make it up? Tell me, what important, life-altering messages has Spongebob instilled recently? [quote]It's not a conspiracy. A conspiracy, by definition, requires that multiple parties are working together to achieve some sort of goal. None of the shows I've seen make nearly enough sense to be working toward anything other than a lackluster battle between Bulbasaur and Charmander and the next commercial break.[/quote] Again, see how he elegantly judges all anime based on this one scene from this one show he saw this one time. [quote]Don't believe the threat's real? A report from CNN's Tokyo affiliate in December 1997 documented an incident in which "More than 700 people, mainly school children, were rushed to hospitals Tuesday after suffering convulsions, vomiting, irritated eyes and other symptoms." Was it a gas leak at the local school? No. Were the kids breathing glue out of brown paper bags? No. Were they watching "Pokemon"? You bet your authentic Squirtle trading card they were.[/quote] Yes, they were, they were watching one small scene from one episode which was never aired outside of Japan because it caused a very small population sample to go into convulsions. But of course bright flashing colors only exist in Japan. [quote]Remember the cartoons you watched as a child, like "Rugrats"? Everyone watched "Rugrats." With his toothless grin and indomitable spirit, Tommy Pickles represented the very best in all of us. He was like a Che Guevara for the MTV generation. Sure, when he and the rest of the Rugrats "grew up" I died a little inside. But still, not a day goes by where I don't take a moment and thank Tommy for the life lessons he taught me. So what is Pokemon teaching the next generation of kids? The virtues of capturing exotic animals and making them fight for your amusement? I already learned that from Michael Vick.[/quote] Again, one anime. And lumping Pokemon with Michael Vick is just wrong. [quote]Some of you may be thinking, "That's all well and good, but what about all of the mindless American television?" After all, this country invented mindless television. And networks like VH1 are keeping that proud tradition alive. But the difference here lies in the target audience: Shows like "Flavor of Love" and "Hogan Knows Best" are watched by people who have already been stupid for years, even decades. There's nothing we can do but make them as comfortable as possible.[/quote] Patriotism: save the kiddies, give up on everyone else. [quote]The next generations of kids aren't even getting a chance. Unless something is done to reverse this trend, we're going to be looking at millions of high school dropouts who don't see the point in going to college unless it teaches them to capture magic crystals. No one wants to see that day. This issue transcends politics, even religion. It's the ethical dilemma of our day and age, one that makes me want to throw my hands in the air, and yell, "Will someone think of the children?"[/quote] That's right, folks. All anime is supernatural and teh devulz. Even Lucky Star and Haruhi. Moreover, there's no possible way for a fantasy to instill values in a person. Guy might as well be dissing Spider-Man for climbing walls when he could be out having problems like ordinary humans (oh, wait.) Anyway, How does everyone else feel? How wrong is he? Is it beyond help? When did obvious troll become obvious? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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