Mimi Ito, a cultural anthropologist at UC Irvine, discusses how otaku has come to play a major role in Japan’s identity at home and abroad.
Mimi Ito, cultural anthropologist, discusses how this once marginalized popular culture came to play a major role in Japan’s identity at home and abroad.
By exploring the rich variety of otaku culture from multiple perspectives, Mimi Ito will provide fascinating insights into the present and future of cultural production and distribution in the digital age.
“Collective Intelligence” and “the wisdom of crowds” have become central buzz phrases in recent discussions of networked culture. But what do they really mean? What do we know about the new forms of collaboration that is emerging as people work together across geographic distances online?