Herbivorous men of Japan – Tamaru… Part 1

As this paper is in the form of a doctoral thesis, it’s a little longer than what I’ve been working through up till now. Beyond just the length, there is a greater depth of detail that I get to digest and frankly, this paper is worth digesting. This post is on the first two chapters, an introduction and the ‘Historical Origins of the sôshokukei danshi . These chapters set the scene and give us a background of the cultural landscape that the herbivorous men live in.

Tamaru, C. A. (2012). The” herbivorous” men of Japan: negotiating new masculinities (Doctoral dissertation).

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A Study of the Otaku – Niu, Chaing & Tsai

What makes an Otaku tick, what are their aims and their core values? This is the question that Nio, Chaing and Tsai are aiming to ask in this paper. They answer it through a comprehensive research methodology with the aim of creating recommendations for marketing to Otaku in the future. Not only do they achieve this aim but they also make some interesting conclusions on the use of computers in youth society and the position of a subculture as a culturally subversive construction.

Niu, H. J., Chiang, Y. S., & Tsai, H. T. (2012). An exploratory study of the otaku adolescent consumer. Psychology & Marketing, 29(10), 712-725.

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Is there an Epistemology for Patterns? – Dixon

I know this isn’t the paper that I teased at the end of last post but this is a really fascinating interdisciplinary article. It takes in themes from psychology, systems theory, and epistemology. It’s also a really easy read if you want to settle down and learn something about the digital humanities. I read it in Understanding digital humanities (Berry D. M. 2012) but it’s available online at a link that I’ll leave at the end of this post.

Dixon, D. (2012). Analysis tool or research methodology? Is there an epistemology for patterns?.

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The House that Fox Built – Phillips

This paper is an old favorite as it’s one of the few papers that I’ve found that looks at 4Chan and its interactions with the mainstream media. I’ve used it in the past for nice quotes but it’s relevant now because of how it meshes with what Ellis was saying in the last paper we read.

Phillips, W. (2013). The House That Fox Built Anonymous, Spectacle, and Cycles of Amplification. Television & New Media, 14(6), 494-509.

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What Bronies See When They Brohoof – Ellis

I’d been saving this paper because I came across it late in the writing stage of my dissertation and didn’t want to get into anything that might make me re-write sections and I’m a little sad that I didn’t take a risk and read it in my spare time. What it looses in it’s lack of technical depth it makes up for in it’s insights; this is a really kind article!

Ellis, B. (2015). What Bronies See When They Brohoof: Queering Animation on the Dark and Evil Internet. Journal of American Folklore, 128(509), 298-314.

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