I’m moving. Not in an internet sense – you’ll still find me on my personal website or Tumblr, whichever you’re already reading this on – but in a physical sense. I’m not even going that far, I can actually drive to my new digs in a relatively short time. I’ve actually been moving bits and pieces of my life into the new place over the past week, because I dislike trying to move everything in one day.
Moving is an experience that I look forward to in abstract. It gives you the chance to leave things behind. All the books, equipment, and knick-knacks you’ve acquired over many years, but are largely just taking up space in your home? You can get rid of those when you’re moving. I usually take the opportunity to divest myself of a lot of stuff. I’m not a sentimental guy, so I feel little issue with getting rid of things that have no use in my life.
I just recently started watching Aoi Honoo, a Japanese drama based on a semi-autobiographical manga created by Kazuhiko Shimamoto. It’s similar in tone to Gundam Sousei, another manga about the early career of Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino, but in this case it’s actually told by the guy who lived it. Shimamoto was lucky to attend Osaka University of Arts at the same time as Evangelion director Hideaki Anno, Gainax producer Hiroyuki Yamaga, and Gainax board member Takami Akai. It was such a influential group for the Japanese animation industry, which makes Shimamoto’s story even more interesting.
The thing that surprised me the most about Aoi Honoo is how much Hideaki Anno – portrayed by Ken Yasuda – sticks out as such a polarizing and interesting figure. He is alternatively lauded or hated in the show, and the depths of his artistic talent and drive set him apart from the rest of the cast. That led me to wonder how to close to the actual Hideaki Anno, the fictional version is. The answer is apparently “pretty close”.
So, let’s talk journalism and objectivity. In relation to all the stuff happening around #GamerGate, there’s been an ongoing focus on objectivity in relation to reviews, previews, and general news within our industry. There have been calls to return to objective journalism all around, to which some journalists have simply stated that pure objectivity doesn’t exist.
Objectivity and subjectivity exist on two completely different sides: one is concerned with “just the facts” while the other illuminates a specific point of view. There have long been discussions in journalism – beyond straight news reports, polls, and scores – as to the true nature of objectivity. Most of these arguments came to a head in the 60s and 70s, with the rise of journalists like Tom Wolfe, Truman Capote, Hunter S. Thompson, and Joan Didion. You’ve probably heard of them before. Wolfe called for something called new journalism, while Thompson took it one step further with gonzo journalism.
“So much for Objective Journalism,” wrote Thompson in Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ’72. “Don’t bother to look for it here — not under any byline of mine; or anyone else I can think of. With the possible exception of things like box scores, race results, and stock market tabulations, there is no such thing as Objective Journalism. The phrase itself is a pompous contradiction in terms.”
Naruto 692: Having been finally handed the ultimate power he’s been hunting for all along, Sasuke logically continues with his stated endgame. “Revolution,” which in this case means killing the five Kages and the Tailed Beasts, because… reasons. This entire arc has been building up to what appears to be the end of Naruto, so it’s only fitting that we return to manga’s main thrust: Naruto vs. Sasuke. What started off as idealism and hard work versus realism and talent has gotten hopelessly muddle as Naruto has continued. In fact, once Naruto was the son of a Hokage and the reincarnation of an ancient ninja, things just went completely off the rails. At this point, we’re just waiting for Naruto to “shonen” Sasuke. (“Shonen” being my term for beating your enemy so hard they become your friend, or at least not antagonistic.)
Bleach 596: We’re in the middle of an ongoing fight involving Mayuri, so there’s not much to say here. Mayuri is Bleach’s version of Batman: it’s not matter of “if” he’s going to win, it’s just a matter of how long it’ll take.
Other than the release of Bungie’s Destiny, today was mostly Apple’s day. Outside of competing mega-events like E3, Apple announcements generally crowd out any other news that could possibly happen, like dropping a firebomb in a closed room. Most tech sites were on-hand or online, tweeting, writing, and taking pictures of every moment. Even Apple was in hype mode: if you didn’t catch the livestream on Safari or another Apple device, the company also had a page collecting ongoing remarks about the event.
And what was announced? Largely everything the tech press had been rumoring for the past few months. There’s the iPhone 6, a 4.7-inch extension of Apple’s current flagship phone, and the iPhone 6 Plus, a 5.5-inch model that’s a direct shot at Samsung’s money-making Galaxy Note line of phablets (a portmanteau of phone and tablet, because no one felt like coming up with an actual name.) Then there were the additional announcements that broke with Apple’s current naming schemes, the Apple Watch and Apple Pay. The latter two announcements dispense with actually saying “Apple” in their names, because the company has finally realized that its logo and brand is enough to draw customers in.