Friday, October 31, 2008

Curiouser and curiouser!

After a recent talk here at CAPPE on virtual friendships, I have been a little interested in the various questions and concerns raised by having internet only friends. One of the problems that people find with virtual friendships is that they remove the need for social interaction, thus reducing contact with real in-flesh'd humans, leading to less ability to socialise etc etc.

And then I read this article: Japanese Man Petitions To Marry Comic-Book Character.

Edited highlights include:

A Japanese man has enlisted hundreds of people in a campaign to allow marriages between humans and cartoon characters, saying he feels more at ease in the "two-dimensional world."...Taichi Takashita launched an online petition aiming for one million signatures to present to the government to establish a law on marriages with cartoon characters..."I am no longer interested in three dimensions. I would even like to become a resident of the two-dimensional world," he wrote..."However, that seems impossible with present-day technology. Therefore, at the very least, would it be possible to legally authorise marriage with a two-dimensional character?"

Now, am I being a stupid old-fart here, and not being up-to-date, hip-wit-da-kidz and down-with-it or has this guy completely lost the plot?

1 comment:

Nick said...

This seems to be the ebola-quality manifestation of the "teachnology will save us" virus. I think this guy has lost the plot. He's got a particular desire, sure. And to be fair, depending on which manga character he is going for, a lot of said characters seem to be purpose built to appeal sexually to a wide range of readers.

Still, wanting to give up "a dimension?" I think he's hiding from a bigger problem, in which he wants to hide in a world in which all things are under his control. An understandable sentiment, perhaps, but I think it borders somewhere between the bizarre and the terrifying.