The All-Digital Future is Leaving People Behind

Listening to some voices in the tech industry, you’d think going fully-digital was the best thing to happen to multimedia.

Yet for many, it’s a nightmare. Download-only music services, games, and video all are inaccessible or difficult to obtain for those without blazing-fast internet. AOL earnings reports have indicated that some 2.1 million people still use dial-up in the united states. For those too young to remember dial-up, that’s 56 KB per second tied to a phone line. Downloading a few videos on a connection like that is going to take quite a while.

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Eva’s Anime Thoughts on Time of Eve

Are You Enjoying The Time of Eve?

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It is human nature to fear, destroy, and/or attempt to control that which they cannot understand. Other cultures, races, religions, and ideals are labeled as “the enemy” and destroyed, or ridiculed and made subservient. In the future, probably Japan, robots and humanoid androids have now come to occupy this role. Society has created laws which restrict their rights, ensure that they are not treated as humans, and openly allow them to be discriminated against.

Except at Time of Eve.

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I’m Not Made of Free Time, Don’t Assume That I Am

“It’ll get better once you get a bit into it.”

I’ve heard this so many times, about so many different pieces of media. From anime to video games to TV shows. People seem to think it’s totally okay to promise that something will eventually get good, if you just stick with it long enough. That it’s okay to keep moving the goalpost on when it gets good, and assuming people will just go along with it.

This is not okay.

People do not have infinite amounts of free time. I do not have infinite amounts of free time. I have a job I have to work, in addition to running this blog. It’s a good job, but it’s a job that eats up my time and leaves me feeling tired and sore. I spend a large chunk of my time off recuperating, doing housework, and writing articles for this blog. As a result, I have a minimal amount of free time I can dedicate to things like playing games or watching anime. If I’m going to get invested in something, it’s gonna be something I know I’ll enjoy.

Because of all this, I tend to be quick to pass judgment on things. If I’m not interested in an anime or if I don’t care for a demo of a game, I’ll pass on it. Badgering me to continue will not make me wanna stick with it any longer, and will simply annoy me. Accusing me of not giving it a fair chance is only gonna make me not want to listen to you.

I understand that people get excited and invested into things. I do as well, and I’ve had to train myself not to badger people about it. But acting like other people have endless amounts of free time is ignorant and insulting. Don’t try to force people to enjoy things.

Consent is Not Optional, Sexual Harassment isn’t a Joke

Warning: The following article contains NSFW content and discussion of rape and rape culture.

My earliest memories of reading manga and watching anime are filled with scenes of women being sexually harassed, exposed, and ridiculed.

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Now, as an adult, I can understand that sexual harassment is wrong, and a violation of one’s personal space. But as a kid, I had no such understanding. Watching scenes of women being undressed, groped, exposed, and violated filled my head with the idea that this was natural and simply boys being boys. Why should I have any reason to suspect anything to the contrary?

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Eva’s Anime Thoughts on Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie: Rebellion

I got into Madoka Magicka rather late. By the time I got around to watching it, the general opinion of the series had done more 360s than a game of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. The movies were out, most of the early twists had been spoiled, and everyone and their grandmother had an opinion on the series.

Despite all this, I quite enjoyed the series. I watched it on Netflix one night and ended up staying up until around 6 AM so I could watch the entire series in one go. I got really into the characters, the story, the art, the music, and felt like the whole thing was a nice, complete package. So when they added the movies to Netflix, I should have been hyped to watch Rebellion, right?

Well, sorta. I was interested in the movie, but not because I was looking forward to it. I had heard some things about it, no specific plot details but some general rumbling, which made it sound like I possibly wasn’t gonna love the movie. But still, I went into it with an open mind, hoping to enjoy it.

Also, a prior warning that I will be spoiling the events of the original series.

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Patreon Thank-You Post for September 2015

Woah! Sorry about this being late, getting sick sorta threw me off! Anyways, I’m still super happy about my Patreon hitting $100 and would like to congratulate everyone who made it possible!

Thank you, Space Queen Galacta Q! Thank you, Steven Hopkins! Thank you, Aleena Tuabin! And another big thanks to NeoKingGhidorah! I’m so happy you’ve supported me this far and I hope you continue to enjoy my articles!