kaigou: this is what I do, darling (5 Osaka)
I don't even know where I first came across a review of this anime -- it might've been on animenewsnetwork -- but out of curiousity for the description, I tracked it down. It's a short series, clocking in at only 12 or 13 episodes, and only 9 have been subbed so far. (There looks to be one group doing it, and they're releasing in batches.)

It's called Senkō no Night Raid, and frankly, by the 7th episode, I was wondering whether the broadcasting news station was picketed the day after the broadcast. No, really. I mean, really.

...err, let me revise that reaction. Turns out episode7 was, according to animenewsnetwork's notation, "streamed exclusively online and in its place, a special recap episode" was aired instead. GEE QUELLE SHOCK. *cough*

Here's the gist, per wiki: "Set in Shanghai in 1931, the Imperial Japanese Army has been dispatched to mainland China due to the relatively recent First Sino-Japanese War, Russo-Japanese War, and World War I. In this cosmopolitan city of intrigue, there is a special military spy organization called "Sakurai Kikan" that has since been buried in history."

Okay, first: Shanghai. 1931. If you're not aware of your Japanese early 20th century history -- and believe me, you WILL BE by the time you get to episode 8 -- the first half of 1931 was leading up to some pretty intense changes in the Asian landscape... a little history, some linguistics comments, and the revelation of the WORST SEIYUU EVER in an otherwise awesome series. )

Plus, the images of Shanghai are so very very pretty.

* this is not to say that everyone believes everything they read in textbooks. well, let's hope not. I think it goes without saying that access to the internet has played a major role in my generation and younger being exposed to alternate, non-nationalistic points of view, whatever country we're from. And I suspect this external influence may also be the reason a show like Senko no Night Raid was even able to get funding, given its content and context; that is, that it's not quite as controversial now as it might've been, say, twenty years ago. Maybe even only ten years ago.

All the same, textbooks written under heavy political influence probably still should not be allowed to operate heavy machinery or make important legal decisions. I'm just sayin'.
kaigou: life is a banquet, and some poor suckers are starving to death. (3 life is a banquet)
I'm getting the impression that some of what I've figured out over the years either isn't as widespread knowledge as I thought, or maybe it's just not something most therapists/doctors explain to user-satisfaction. This ties into the issue of medication for ADD/ADHD, because one of the biggest issues about medication for that specific cognitive issue is that it's, well, pretty freaking illogical. I mean, honestly, my reaction the very first time a doctor suggested a specific medication was, and I quote: "Wait, my brain fires off in every direction at top speed, so you want to give me a stimulant? Are you people on drugs?"

So here's a really really simplified, only barely marginally scientific, explanation of one of the major theories about why stimulants work for ADD/ADHD. Keep in mind that when I say "marginally scientific," I mean that this is an extremely generalized version of something that seems to be how it (generally) works, but the brain is a damn complex organism. The how's and why's of ADD/ADHD (and related cognitive disorders) remain murky and new things are being discovered all the time, as our technology gets better and better at tracking brain processes.

In general, though, I'm told this is the basic gist of how doctors/researchers are somewhat sure (as sure as anyone can be, which is "kind of" and "maybe on days it's not raining" and "ask again tomorrow" styles of 'sure').

First, let's look at a brain that doesn't have a chemical imbalance.

The term "chemical imbalance" is actually pretty literal, if you think of your brain (and your body overall, for the most part) as containing a whole lot of checks and balances. The little receptor points and controllers and whatever else in the brain, the nerves, the cells, so on and so on, don't work in a straight line. Instead, a lot of them work by affecting something else, and making sure that "something else" is balanced properly.

Yes, more pictures! With the caveat that I beg forgiveness from any biochemistry majors who get cranky when the proper terminology isn't observed, or anyone who gets discomfited by attempts at a generalized, non-scientific, crude explanations of what's admittedly an incredibly complex process. )
kaigou: this is what I do, darling (4 no sacrifice)
[continued from part 1]

Ms Lindholm, you wrote: "The only person in my extended family who ever took drugs for his condition long term did not achieve any success until he weaned himself off them. Is that unique? If your brain is wired a certain way, is it truly an illness? Or is it ‘artistic temperment’ [sic]?"

Continued from the original post, now broken in two. )
kaigou: this is what I do, darling (2 what I do)
I should've said this before: this is LONG, and when I say something is LONG, you can expect it to be about six times as long as the longest long you've seen. I know I go on, but the length here is in direct proportion to the height of my temper. Just so you're warned.

RE: This Is Your Brain On Drugs . . .

NOTE: consider the above link as having a trigger-warning if you have a disability, know someone who does, or are sensitive to sudden spikes in blood pressure when in the vicinity of someone with a big megaphone busy talking out of her ass.

Ms. Lindholm's blog topic on May 20th of this year puts her in the Tom Cruise Denouncing Postpartum Depression category: someone rattling on quite definitively with little to no comprehension of the facts, in a way that essentially amounts to what you are experiencing is not only all in your head, it's a personal problem and shame on you for thinking you should, or even deserve, to seek a resolution.

First, to make this perfectly clear, the issue at hand is ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and its counterpart, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). The two are cousin-conditions that we could generally define as "a state of excessive mental activity, sometimes accompanied by excessive physical activity (the hyperactivity element)".

ADD and ADHD are not mental "illnesses". ADD and ADHD are disabilities.

More precisely, they are cognitive disabilities, along with other cognitive disabilities such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and dyspraxia. ADD/ADHD shade into the class of physical -- because 'chemical' in the brain is still, fundamentally, a physical attribute -- disabilities, while the cognitive side is what impairs or affects thought processes like learning new skills, accessing short-term memory or transferring new information into long-term memory, capturing and comprehending incoming information, and so on.

So, to repeat: ADD/ADHD is not an 'illness'[1]. It is not something that you catch; it is not something you can cure. It is, like so many other disabilities (including learning disabilities), something you live with. You find a way to get through, and if you're really lucky, you find things that will help you deal with the disability, and the stress it causes in your life each time you ask someone around you to put up with, help cope with, or even just feel compassion for, the result of having that disability.

But because this is an alien concept for you, Ms Lindholm, let me make it perfectly clear for you, as well as any readers following along at home. )

[ continued in part 2 ... yeah, had to break it in two. sorry. ]



To clarify a few things that might've gotten buried:

[1] Many mental illnesses are also disabilities. I'm only focused on ADD/ADHD here, but a lot of what I say here could be extended easily to autism, bipolar, OCD, and others. What I dislike is the hidden connotations in that term: mental = "all in your head" and illness = "something curable". As though it's acceptable to dismiss the illness and/or expect one to get better! The truth is that any long-term condition, even those manageable with various tools/treatments, are (to me) not 'mental illnesses' but '[mental] disabilities'; they infringe on our ability to live as full a life as we'd have without them, and thus on a practical level are all disabilities to some degree.

[2] I am not saying that diabetes/heart-disease/ADD is a simplistic direct correlation, that because diabetes has clear-cut medication requirements, so does ADD/ADHD. Technically, the analogy fails already at 'heart disease', since that disease's medications are a cocktail to be carefully navigated to fit the particular patient, just like any medications for ADD/ADHD. But in terms of those who carry social prejudice against medication for mental/cognitive disabilities, the diabetes/heart-disease analogy does work, or I wouldn't freaking use it. Like all analogies, it breaks down when you go too deep, but for my purposes it holds up: medication is a valid tool.

As someone who, ironically, has responded to very few medications for ADD/ADHD, I will never tell you that my life is intact due to medication. In fact, I'm still here in spite of modern psychiatry, yet I continue to believe medication is a valid and crucial corner of the triangle of treatment. It may not work for every disease and every person, but it should not be discounted as an option, out-of-hand, either. The patient-and-doctor in question, ultimately, should make the decision -- not social prejudices about the mentally ill.

[3] If you are, or know, or think you may know, someone with ADD/ADHD, the best book I've found for concrete behavioral coping mechanisms -- with info for supportive family/friends, too -- is ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life by Judith Kolberg and Kathleen Nadeau. Just FYI, if you wanted more concrete info on how to help yourself, or a friend or family member.

[4] A much-shorter follow-up on what's going on in the brain (roughly, very unscientifically) when it comes to ADD/ADHD medication, cobbled out of the explanations of a whole lotta doctors & neurologists.
kaigou: (1 mushu reads the news)
and possibly yours.



Posted with no editorial comment, except to say that corrections may be pending, if anyone points 'em out. (The text I used, from Lessig, isn't real clear on what exact extensions or expansions were enacted between 1962 and 1976. It only remarks that a number of small changes were made to copyright limits, of no more than 1-2 years addition each time. Problem is, even a 2-yr addition every other year comes to 14yrs increase there.)
kaigou: this is what I do, darling (6 tanuki in thought)
passing this along, my apologies for any bizarre symbols -- nothing like older tech + non-English keyboards to make your reading day:

Call for papers: The Visual Language of Manga, December issue of Image [&] Narrative

Image [&] Narrative is an open access scholarly publication. Apart from papers in the traditional scholarly format, we also welcome experimental formats and approaches, such as innovative use of visuals, web applications, or collaborative works. There will be no minimum or maximum length for contributions; contributors are assumed to know best how much space they need to get their particular point across in an academically sound manner. We are particularly interested in contributions that include discussion of methodological and research ethics issues faced by the author(s).

Examples of suggested approaches include:

*theoretical models that can be applied to the the study of visual aspects of manga
*new technologies and their influence on the study of visual aspects of manga, for example data mining and visualization software
*the visualization of sexual content in manga, for example in relation to recent efforts by lawmakers in Japan to regulate depictions of minors in sexual situations
*gendered visual language in manga
*the historical evolution of visual representations of different nationalities and/or minorities in manga
*the use of visual cues in manga to overtly or subtly favor a particular position, for example in political manga such as Gōmanism Sengen
*visual properties of author manga as opposed to what are considered popular titles
*the influence of new platforms for manga publication (such as cellphones and online manga-reading applications) on the visual language of the manga published through these platforms
*connections between visual style of a commercially published manga and the style of that manga's adaptation by amateur manga artists in dojinshi
*visual characteristics of so-called OEL manga and other comics by non-Japanese authors that claim the label 'manga'

The issue will include translations of existing Japanese scholarly texts on the visual language of manga. The editors welcome suggestions as to existing Japanese scholarly texts whose translation into English would be of particular interest for this issue.

Due dates: Proposals should be sent by 15 July 2010, with final submissions in either English, French or Japanese to be submitted on 15 November 2010. Submissions in Japanese will be translated into English. (Contributors submitting in Japanese may be asked to submit a few weeks early to allow more time for translation by the editors. Contributors may of course create their own translations.)

Proposals: Please send proposals of less than 500 words to nele.noppe@arts.kuleuven.be by 15 July 2010.

Guest editors: Hans Coppens and Nele Noppe (Let's Manga project, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium http://japanesestudies.arts.kuleuven.be/popularculture)

The text of this call for papers is available online at http://www.imageandnarrative.be/index.php/imagenarrative/announcement/view/2
kaigou: organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up. (3 fixing to get organized)
Okay, with comments and discussion in mind from the previous post, and trying very hard to get out from under nation-specific or culture-specific labeling systems, how about these series of questions, instead? non-US folks please lend me your eyeballs as well, and let me know if you think your answers would match up with the answers I'm trying to get...

questions behind the cut )

Again, I suspect the real meat of the discussion is going to be in the comments, what with you guys around to make sure I don't go whole hog US-centric and make a complete fool of myself. Err, I hope. You did get the checks from my mom, right? So you'll keep being helpful, right? Excellent!

ETA: Hmm, isn't the question really: how can you objectively identify the most privileged group in any given culture? What terms, descriptions, categories are universal for privilege -- as in, "the majority of people with political power" or "the people you see on domestically-produced television" or "the majority of your culture's pop stars and soap opera stars"... What kind of criteria is a universal way to identify the privileged class, such that the followup question then becomes: do you look like that? ...  )

Y'know, I think now would be a good time to go play in the dirt.
kaigou: this is what I do, darling (4 raise questions)
When I did that post about my neighbors unexpectedly demonstrating every cliché when it comes to hidden racism, at least one person observed that being mostly unaware of anime styles makes it harder to assess the question at hand ("why do anime characters look anglo?"). I mean, if you don't even really know what anime characters usually look like, you probably wouldn't feel too confident taking a stand on whether (or how) the question is valid or offensive, because you're not sure about the specifics.

A few days after doing that post, I was reading an architectural magazine when I came across an article featuring three different landscape designs by the same firm. The second project, a Japanese-influenced front garden, was titled, "I think I'm turning Japanese... I really think so".

I think I stared at that page for almost an entire minute, trying to wrap my head around the notion of using the catch phrase from a thirty-year-old pop song. Hell, I barely recall the song -- although the refrain is certainly catchy enough and has become a sort of iconic phrase in its own right, if divorced from whatever context there is of the song -- and while to some extent I could identify that my annoyance had something to do with the trivial context of the landscape article itself, I couldn't articulate why, exactly, my offensive-statement alarm bells were clanging.

I don't mention that to get into the wherefors of the article's title, but as illustration for how difficult it can be, sometimes, when instinct tells one that something is not-okay, but the lack of articulate logical explanation renders one unable to explain to someone else what's wrong. And I do think it's important to understand why, and to be able to explain it, or else one's left with sounding like that oft-quoted judge in one of the landmark obscenity cases, who declared he couldn't say what obscenity is, only that he knew it when he saw it.

To know it when you see it requires that you see it, after all, and if you don't know what you're looking for (or don't understand what you're looking for), then likely you may never find it. And since I can never pass up a chance to deconstruct anything I don't fully and cogently grasp, here we go. )
kaigou: please hold. all muses are busy, but your inspiration is important to us. (3 all muses are busy)
I had CP watch the first episode of Durarara!! and he noted that the conversation speed is, well, conversational. Faster-paced than usual in most anime (and even many of the doramas, from what I gather), and not nearly as clear in terms of pronunciation. Seeing how I can't actually understand the language, what I'm twigging on here is the cadence.

Since I have three different series sitting on my hard drive that have Mamoru Miyano in them, that seemed like a good voice for comparison. Have a listen: the first two clips are from Gundam 00 (Setsuna), the second two are from Fullmetal Alchemist (Ling), and the last two are from Durarara (Kida). The clips from Durarara are heavy on the ambient noise, even when there's soundtrack. The series seems determined to force the entire foley team to put in hours of overtime -- and the soundtrack (as you'll notice) is a dominant element, nearly rivaling the voices. (Also, in the final clip, the characters are eating ice cream, which compounds Kida's slurring, but it was the only other really good conversational clip I could find.)


kaigou: this is what I do, darling (3 break out of prison)
A few links of essays about female action heroes that I want to remember, currently simmering on the way to becoming chocolate cake. )Also, the abstract of an article called "Are Female Action Heroes Risky Role Models? Character Identification, Idealization, and Viewer Aggression":
[Discusses a survey] designed to determine whether identification with and/or idealization (wishful identification) of a favorite female action hero was associated with aggressive tendencies. Results show that behavioral idealization of an action hero was linked to increased self-reported aggressive behaviors and feelings. Behavioral identification (perceived similarity), by contrast, was not significantly associated with behavioral or affective aggression and showed an inverse relationship with relational aggression.

So if idealization is based on a wishful impulse, and identification is based on perceived similiarity... the subtext in there, as it seems to me, is that if I identify with, say, Sarah Connor in T2 because I perceive an existing similiarity between us, I'm less likely to be aggressive. Maybe. Maybe that's because if I consider myself akin to the character, I'm probably pretty damn confident in myself and don't feel I have to prove myself, hence less aggressive about it. If, however, I'm nothing like her but wish that I were -- in which case, she's a role model rather than compatriot -- then my wishful idealization will lead to aggressive tendencies.

Unh-hunh.

Assuming, of course, that the authors aren't conflating aggression with assertion, which is not the same but often taken as the same, especially when leveled against women claiming agency. I mean, little boys go through a stage of acting out in adolescence, learning the balance between assertion and aggression, and part and parcel is learning that fisticuffs aren't the answer to everything. Seems to me that the problem isn't that women idealizing female action heroes suddenly learn that fighting is the answer. The problem is that those women never even had the chance to ask the question.

And, on a lighter note, someone else's brilliance: Everybody's Free (To Be Fannish).
kaigou: this is what I do, darling (4 raise questions)
[It's a tangled web, so I'll just plunge right in and see how far I can get before other projects require my attention.]

First, we'll need to accept that every exception has its rule; naming exceptions is a fast track to derailment via distractions. It's the overall trends I'm trying to grasp, and that means making some broad generalizations at points. Unless I wanted to turn this into a major dissertation (and surprise, I don't), then trying to absorb the basic trends is about the limit. We can get into specifics in comments-discussions. If it seems like I'm painting with a pretty big brush, well, at times I suspect I'll have to be if I don't want to be at this all night.

A week or so ago, I noodled around about orientalist fiction, riffing off (and on) "orientalizing": a prevalent or predominant culture's Other-ing of a subordinate culture. Yes, usually this is just called the 'dominant' culture, but 'dominant' is such an accepted term that it's hard to keep a question in our heads as to whether it's the right term. So instead let's say a 'norm' consists of the Prevalent or Prevailing Values, PV for short: it's the 'norm', the 'standard', of this western world against which all else is measured: male, white, western/anglo-european, cis-sex, cis-gender, heterosexual, christian.

That combination of adjectives may not be a universal truth on this entire planet (because it's far far beyond my scope or knowledge to get into the sticky-wicket clash of privileged westerners in an Asian setting), but it is the prevailing 'norm' by which anything else is a deviation of one or more degrees. While 'prevalent' has connotations of being (or is assumed to be) the most wide-spread, 'prevailing' also implies 'coming out on top' with its attendant implications of 'over something else'.

Also, in general terms we'd say the western world is the prevailing culture, except that a) culture is not monolithic (and it can get fuzzy if we try to treat it as so), and that b) the use of V for 'values' may help to underline the fact that what's being transmitted is an understanding/expectation of what's valuable — that is, "that which moves farther away from the prevailing values is by definition less valuable."

And so begins another installment from the brain of kaigou; in this go-round is pondered types of divergence from the norm and the issue of culture, among other things, with more coming soonly. )
kaigou: this is what I do, darling (3 get down from there)
Probably more than just a few, but you know me.

Back in the midst of the LLF debacle, Kirsten Saell observed that the M/M genre is a "phenomenon...where a fairly large group of authors from Group X write *solely* about the lives of members of Group Y..."

I've turned that over in my head more than a few times since then, and incidentally it's part of what spurred some of my comments about fanfiction, in the last few posts. Not enough to get mentioned, but it was an ingredient in the stew. When I'd tossed that question at CP, he mentioned orientalism, which is most definitely a century-old (or more) fixation for the West, but I don't think that really applies, not as a literary genre. I mean, if I walked into a bookstore and said, "where do I find all your books about the Far East?" I'd either get shown to the travel section, or given a blank stare.

But if I went looking for domestic/US-based orientalism, that's easy... )
kaigou: this is what I do, darling (Default)
To really get why this past week had its moment of OH GOD I GET IT NAOW, I need to backtrack and first explain about my mother and the medical records clerks in Montgomery Alabama. Every transfer meant going on-base in August for the usual school physical-check-up thing that you have to do when entering a new school system. And that meant going to the medical building and the medical records office, where Mom would fill out a request slip so the clerks could retrieve our records. Something like that.

Those records (from what I recall) are stored in two general collections: one for active duty military, the other for retired military. So when the clerk accepts your records request slip, the first question the clerk asks is, "active duty or retired?" Except when we were in Montgomery, the clerk didn't ask that. I was nine at the time, so my mom had just turned 30... and I recall distinctly (thanks to my mother's tone of voice and the look on her face) when the clerk accepted the paper and simply asked, "retired?"

My mother's smile was cold enough and sharp enough to cut diamonds when she replied, "active duty."

The saga of not-needing-bifocals THANK YOU VERY MUCH, new eye prescription, a slight tangent into what astigmatism is, and a final celebration that naturally involves power tools BECAUSE MOAR POWER WAAAHHH. )

On that note, there's a chapter of Koji Ma Oshi upcoming, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] sharibet. (And a short story of whatever [livejournal.com profile] hinotori wants, and another for [personal profile] clarentine.) If I make it through a day without a headache, I'll consider that a good sign & will start writing, since that's at least a half-day at the computer and a bit more for polishing before posting. Fingers crossed my eyes'll be completely adjusted to new scrip in the next few days. There! Something to look forward to.

erm, assuming I don't get so happy with now-working power tools that I cut anything off. GUH. I don't even want to think about it. that I get distracted by the shiny and spend the next week doing cabinetry. *cough*
kaigou: this is what I do, darling (all your bharata are belong to us)
I don't actually mind the Network page all that much, although I do find it annoying that there's no explanation anywhere about what it is or does, which would have been a nice thing to have instead of just feeling like it got sprung on me. Regardless, one thing I intensely dislike about it are the feeds. If I want a feed, I'll subscribe to it, but opting me in when the majority of the feeds come without cuts, are often image-heavy, and worst of all may have duplicates... well, that's just annoying. I considered making a suggestion that we have the option to ignore or remove the feeds, and then I realized, why bother?

how to filter out the feeds on the network page )
kaigou: this is what I do, darling (fixing to get organized)
Here's how you figure it, or at least, here's the math I've been doing for the past however long. Basic amounts, interest, terms, and whatnot have been adjusted to be equivalent to original; insurance can vary so widely let's just call that even between old & new, since you'd have to pay it anyway.

2-yr old VW Golf, pristine condition, 22K miles: $16K
12-yr old VW Golf, in pretty good condition, 180K miles: $3K

comparison behind the cut. )
kaigou: this is what I do, darling (tea and cake)
( continued from part II )

This has been a long time coming, mostly because I wrote the intended post but locked it while I reflected on whether I wanted to make it public, after all -- and then, eventually, forgot about it, as I got distracted by other projects. I was reminded again by several synchronicities: one, coming across the RPG-forum complaint about the post, while searching for something unrelated, two, having it linked (again, I thought?) in LJ's little_details comm (hi, folks!); three, a recent novel that had sounded promising but ended up being an DNF thanks to the author's ignorance of human nature.

The bulk of this post can be summed up in this simple statement: if you're totally convinced the best route to pile on a character's angst is by giving them an abusive-family background, I've got a few bones to pick with you.

A few notes about the reality. )

1. Do not force the backstory to come out for the sake of story. )

2. Remember this above all else: no one is *proud* of being a victim. )

3. Stop taking the goddamned easy way out. )

4. Go read rachelmanjia's posts on PTSD. Process, ponder, read, repeat. )

5. Abuse your character, then be prepared to write the hyper-vigilance. )

...more coming in a day or two.
kaigou: this is what I do, darling (A1] disgruntled)
or filed a claim, or seen a doctor, or wanted insurance and not had it, here's a real eye-opener.

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/07102009/watch2.html

It's an interview with Wendell Potter, a former VP for Cigna (medical health insurance company), talking frankly about how the health insurance industry works. Some of it is pretty chilling, and some of it's crazy-making, and you may end up angry and frustrated at the end, but it's information we really need to disperse as much as possible. People need to know this stuff, and not let the big corporations -- who stand to gain profit on the backs of ill folks -- run us over any longer.

NOTE: the one-hour interview is apolitical. Just FYI.
kaigou: this is what I do, darling (W] vortex of stupidity)
I'm not going to name names here, so if you know the title, keep it to yourself. I just need to get this out of my system, and perhaps we'll all learn from someone else's actions so we don't ever make the same stupid offense ourselves.

Recently I picked up a title that looked promising, or maybe I was just really bored, or perhaps it was that you just don't see too many stories where one of the characters is dealing with PTSD. I don't mind digging for gold even amongst the crack, but I couldn't make it past the first chapter or so.

First, author dearest, when you write any kind of bondage club and you have Joe Character walk in and order not just an alcoholic beverage but the entire bottle, right there I say WOAH. But that's just a minor detail compared to the one that really made me slam on the brakes. )

So, to sum... dear author: please stop helping. REALLY. Neither the military nor the BDSM world needs this travesty. In fact, your story reveals such complete disrespect and contempt for its characters and their situations that it leaves me speechless.

As for the rest of you: I catch you doing this, and I will be forced to tie you down and make you watch the entire final season of Fantasy Island. Five times.
kaigou: this is what I do, darling (A2] start drinking heavily)
So here's the deal behind the last post, with context. Have a seat. This might take a bit, but believe me, it's amusing enough. (Or is, if you're me.)

Awhile back I joined a number of comms on LJ while trying to track down some of the more obscure fan-translated manga out there. I'd search for what I wanted, maybe check each comm every few days to every other week or so, and the rest of the time none of them show up on my daily flist. (That flist is long enough already, without high-traffic comms making it worse.)

[Note: I am not even getting into the legalities of translations and copyrights in this post. I can, if you're wondering, since I did look them up, but that's beside the point for this rant.]

At some point, I opened one comm to see what was new, and what did I see but at the very top a post about -- and link to a mediafire download for -- an ebook. Not a fan-translated manga, not a raw/original-language manga, but an American e-publishing company's ebook, written by an American author, and one whose work I've enjoyed and support. (And you know who you are, my dear, so have a drink and relax, this story's got a happy ending.) Well, mystified as to what an English-language, clearly-copyrighted work was doing being traded in a manga forum, I went looking at the tags -- and lo and behold, there's not just one or two authors that have slipped into the middle of a manga-trading community.

No, more like seventy authors -- and for a lot of those authors, the comm's trading their entire body of work. Two titles. Three. Five. Entire series: seven titles, ten titles, more. If on average every author had around four titles, and let's say the average price might be around $5, that's fourteen hundred dollars worth of ebooks listed. For free download.

Perhaps I should also mention: this is all listed a comm with more than three thousand members.

Potential losses? Oh, in the area of about four million two hundred thousand dollars.

Flabbergasted doesn't really begin to cover it. )

Dear author: I adore your work, but please to stop enabling the cabbages in the audience, mmkay?

Dear LJ: you still suck. Even when you don't do anything at all. Sometimes, especially when you don't do anything at all.

Dear mod: this is a bucket of ice water, this is your head, this is your head in a bucket of ice water.

noloveatall,
Me.

with slight footnote. )

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kaigou: this is what I do, darling (Default)
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