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Bizarre Misconceptions
Posted Feb 5, 2008 - 12:16:49

Digimon Hentai?Today is Omega Super Giganto Tuesday. A record number of states are having their Primaries/Caucuses today, and there is a good chance that most of this Presidential election's tone hinges on what happens today. But rather than discuss politics (which, you know, I have a degree in and originally was seeking a career in) I thought I'd totally ignore it (until I write a follow up in a few days) and deal with some other things that are bugging the crap out of me. So, with that in mind, here are some statements I need all of you to try and remember:
  1. Digimon are NOT REAL!
    I seriously thought this was a given. I seriously never thought I'd have to point this out. But here I am, saying it, talking about it like you have to be told. I was shocked the other day when Biedermann told me about these "Digimon are real" people.

    These "Digimon Believers" have been around for quite some time, but somehow - even as a person who cofounded and helps run an anime convention - I've managed to never encounter this bizarre subculture based around an anime series. They even have their little online groups.

    I don't know - I feel bad for these kids. So, I'm just putting it out there: Digimon is just a cartoon. It's a show, made up by someone, and isn't real. Sorry. If it makes you feel any better, you make me cry on the inside.

    A lot.

    If you want to cry on the inside too, go here and wallow in sorrow.

  2. Hentai is Porn.
    In a discussion with someone who shall remain nameless, the most ludicrous and quixotic statement I've ever heard was made: Hentai isn't porn.

    Excuse me?

    Hentai is porn. Hentai is very, very ,very much porn. Seriously. Hard core, molested by tentacles, porn. Get over it. It is designed to be porn. If I flew to Japan, held up a hentai video and asked "Hey, is this porn?" they person would say "Why yes, it is" and then back away from me slowly. If I asked the guy who drew it "Hey, is this porn?" he'd go "Yep, it's porn" and then wonder how I got into his house. The millions of porn sites out there agree with me, the Japanese agree with me, the guys who made the stuff agree with me.

    It's porn.

    Oh, and by the way, no matter how much it hurts for me to say it: People who publicly share their pornography preferences are creepy. I said it - it creeps me the f*** out. Not only that, it creeps out MOST people. What you enjoy in the privacy of your own home is none of my business, and I'll even defend your free speech rights to all of it... but it's still creepy as all get out.


    And anyone who doesn't understand that has clearly missed the ball when it comes to social perceptions, and while I'm all for "people being themselves" they shouldn't be surprised when they're asked to be themselves far away from everyone else.

  3. People arguing about other people's motives is funny.
    I've had, in my experience, the rare opportunity to be witness to other people arguing about a group of creators' intent... when I am a member of that group. The funny thing is, both people were off. The actual intent was dead center of both of their opinions.

    It's just an eerie experience to say the least.
On that note, I'm going to go back to doing what I should be doing right now: Actual Work.

That, and people need to do their god-damned dishes.
- Traegorn

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WWEEEEEEEEEHHHH!!!!!!!  I love this life!
I'm really sick of people arguing without making any new statements. Bleh.
I'm sick of people polarizing arguments, as if there were only two sides to an overly complicated issue.


Ah well, I think consensus was actually somewhat reached.

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