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Hey, wait a minute! Other people out there speak my language? 
6th-Jan-2008 12:19 am
Faithful readers may remember my idiosyncratic definitions of fanboy/girl. Okay, maybe you were all trying to forget. But never mind. I may have been onto something back then.

Next time I get accused of having "broke" Tezuka or Harry Potter, I'm going to invoke certain consequences of Thompson's theory of mediated quasi-interaction--namely as it relates to over-identification with and dependence upon the distant other. People who see fit to rain verbal abuse on my virtual head whenever I complain about Tezuka's misogyny and Rowlings' mediocrity are clearly people unable to separate their sense of their own individuality from the object of their fannish devotion. They think any attack on their beloved fandoms is an attack upon the very core of their selves.

Well, I'm sorry...but people whose identities have become so inextricably wrapped up in a product of the mass media that they lash out whenever it is denigrated are pretty pathetic, doncha think? Especially when, from a non-fannish point of view, so many of those products are so profoundly flawed. Luckily for me, inasmuch as I am a fan of anything, I'm a fan of the act of reading in general...and reading is not, categorically, a form of dependence upon the distant other that merits much censure from any front these days. Even if I have come to be over-identified with my love of reading, no one is going to conduct a serious assault of my sense of self over the purported ills of reading. (If I lived in the 19th century, however, it would be a rather different story.)

But quite frankly it shouldn't matter if what you love is reading "great" books or watching "great" monster truck rallies. Even if you are over-identified with your fandom, is your self really so fragile that it cannot withstand the occasional blow? If it isn't, we're just beginning to scratch the surface of your personal problems. Besides, ask yourself this: Is the truest, most respectable love about refusing to see another's faults? Or is it seeing their faults clearly and loving them unconditionally anyway? Jesus and the Buddha, at least, would argue the latter. (Not that I'm religious or anything, but I think it makes a good point.)
6th-Jan-2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
Why is it different in the 19th century?^_^
6th-Jan-2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
"Why" is a hard question to answer. "How" is easier:

6th-Jan-2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
He's joking right?^^
6th-Jan-2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
The negative stuff about reading was genuine notions people had through the 19th century.
6th-Jan-2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
It might amuse the writer to know that in this century there are still those who share this opinion.
6th-Jan-2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
*sighs* Then maybe you'd be interested in Thomas Laqueur's answer to the Why? question...
6th-Jan-2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
The cover alone wouldn't pass Customs.
6th-Jan-2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
The nudity is actually less overt on the real book because of the large trim size. *laughs* But you can bet that this book's gotten a lot of attention--and not just because of its cover.
6th-Jan-2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
There's a lot of books I want to read but they all have this cover problem^^ Nudity on the cover=X-rated content in the Customs'opinion.
6th-Jan-2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah. It's too bad that even the hardcover version of Laqueur's book has the same image on the dustjacket.

I'm not sure whether you'd like the book, though, anyway. Since all the stuff I've been reading lately school-wise makes you cringe. ^_~
6th-Jan-2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
I don't know. I think what you're reading sounds too theoretical for me to understand^^
6th-Jan-2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
You just have to get used to it, honestly. I find that it's slowly but surely getting easier, and I feel a lot more confident about the material than I did a few months ago.
6th-Jan-2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
It helps that you've got an incentive too^_~
6th-Jan-2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
Incentive, yes, that's true. But also *direction*. The amount of territory I've covered amazes me, now that I've had a few weeks to survey the terrain.
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