Just wanted to give you an update about the post titles Photos of
a girl pretending to eat her cat.
Her name is Nakagawa Shoko. She's a Japanese "Talent" who is regularly
on TV on variety shows and advertising. I caught a link to those
pictures last week and then ended up seeing her on TV just this
weekend. Talent's are women (and sometimes men) who don't have any
particular skill or talent, but are on TV because they are attractive.
During the video segments on variety shows you see their reactions in
an inset screen.
She's famous as a prolific blogger in Japan. She updates about 5 or 6
times daily, mostly from her phone I think, with pictures of her face
with stuff written on her forehead and also with pictures of cats
(hers and maybe other people's, I'm not really sure). You can check
her blog out here:
There's an interesting video on YouTube (in Japanese) about Otaku culture,
where Shoko Nakagawa discusses the reclamation of the word "otaku"
("nerd") by the nerdy crowd, similar to the way "geek" and "nerd" have
been in the US (what with iPods, rich computer guys, Lord of the Rings,
and nerdcore rap).
One thing the otaku have done is change the way they write "otaku" -- the
new form uses an older character for the first syllable of "otaku" which
is no longer in common use. The goal is to create a new word with
Seth dismissed Nakagawa as talentless, but she's sort
of a cultural icon for nerds in Japan -- she hangs out on 2ch, a very,
very famous Japanese BBS, and, from seeing her interviews, she's extremely
knowledgeable about old animation and comics. The fact that she's not ugly
is a reason she's become famous -- a geek with good looks.