I’ve started to focus more on my upcoming final project and therefore less on the last units of our ongoing courses. The mangaka I emailed last week tweeted about my study to his 28,000 followers. I got about 30 visitors to the page and one person who contacted me. Not bad for a start.
Monday: Space and Place.
On Tuesday we had a long awaited online meeting with the administration and sorted out some communication issues.
Followed by Media Activism.
No Immersive Technologies this week due to holiday in the US.
I took the relatively calm week as an opportunity to read up on current internet privacy issues and record a podcast with my co-host Hax on Friday:
After exporting and uploading I hurried to join S in a Black Lives Matter demo through Kreuzberg. We met my classmate M there with her partner (?) K.
On Saturday we went to Forecast at Radialsystem to see three brilliant presentations.
In the evening we finally got to watching the Bandersnatch episode of Black Mirror. I was not impressed, as I knew I wouldn’t be: I dislike the burden of making decisions that should have been someone else’s job!
My Sunday reading was Patrick W. Galbraith’s The Moe Manifesto, an excellent introduction to or summary of the moé aspect of otaku culture. All the key figures, from Azuma Hiroki over Honda Touru to Saitou Tamaki, feature with short but perfectly concentrated interviews, framed by a tasty layout in full colour. I loved this little book. It’s a perfect reference to come back to and let lead me further in my own research.
This week was also when I took up drawing. It felt wonderful to be at it again. Participating.
- Kazumi, Nagaike. 2015. “Do Heterosexual Men Dream of Homosexual Men?: BL Fudanshi and Discourse on Male Feminization.” In Mark McLelland et al: Boys Love Manga and Beyond: History, Culture, and Community in Japan. University Press of Mississippi. Pp. 189–209.
- Galbraith, Patrick W. 2014. The Moe Manifesto: An Insider’s Look at the Worlds of Manga, Anime, and Gaming. Tuttle. 192 p.
- Memrise: 35,700 (kanji, mid 小5)
- Nextbook 漢字: 小2 level 58–69
- The Economist: