In the next decade

Should anime survive in the next decade, it’s not just enough that Japan’s loosening its restrictions on immigration given their declining population but also a very aware international demographic. Many more anime (and video games) are international co-productions.

It’s been done before but would change in quantity. The DMC reboot might not the last DMC game that’s an international co-production. The next one would be an Italian co-production and expect Dante to sport a hooked nose just like his namesake counterpart. (One wonders what or how will /pol/ and /v/ make of this.)

Japan’s already cooperating with the Philippines on an anime which proves my point very well. It could similarly happen if they worked with Italy on a DMC game to take advantage of such audiences.

A limited meme pool

If memes are analogous to genes, just as there’s some memetic exchange or meme flow between communities there’s also room for a limited meme pool especially when it comes to stuff more specific to certain fandoms. The only people who’d get the Gremlin DVA thing (based on a character from the Overwatch games) are obviously Overwatch players.

Certain factors can keep such traits to those communities for long. In fact, among superhero comics there’s a tendency to hire fellow fans even if that wasn’t the case before. But it’s like a founder effect where individuals are increasingly married to a few, albeit very related spouses. This limits their meme pool.

Superhero stories are almost always retellings of the exact same thing, hardly venturing elsewhere without raising fan ire. Let alone turn to reality to solve certain issues but that would mean opening up to more things. Like how an inbred population needs to intermarry more often to lessen genetic diseases.

A good number of geek works have limited appeal and are memetically inbred, produced by the same people that consumes such media.

 

 

We were once normies

A good number of geek industries can be regarded as the memetic equivalent of the founder effect in select communities like Icelanders and Ashkenazic Jews. The group’s descended from a few people and due to isolation (accidental or self-imposed) they only marry amongst closely related individuals.

When done repeatedly, it’ll develop peculiarities and even problems unique to themselves. Similar things can be said of geek industries in a way. Except I think geek industries and scenes are more analogous to Ashkenazic Jews and Amish than they are to Icelanders.

Though all of them have reservations with outsiders, though the other two are accidental given their circumstances. However both Ashkenazic Jews and Amish are self-imposed in their isolation and suspicion, given their practises and relation to the larger out-group.

Among religious Jews, Gentiles can be accepted into the community if they convert. I’m wrong about it. But Jews generally don’t proselytise. Nonetheless regarding geek industries as memetically inbred and doubting of outsiders could explain things.

Make-Believe

Among some people, there’s a tendency to confuse good acting with charisma but this isn’t always the case especially with those attuned to theatrical acting and historical reenactment where with the latter the acting has to be convincing enough to have the actors disappear into their roles effectively.

According to somebody on Quora, in early German cinema the focus was on the role itself and how convincingly portrayed it is not on the actor’s celebrity or otherwise if the latter were emphasised the film would be a failure. This could also apply to British acting and theatrical acting and historical reenactment in general.

There’s room for bad British and German actors just as there are good American and Nigerian actors. There are good telly actors and bad theatrical actors but what’s unmistakable isn’t just talent but also the amount of training to care for and refine it.

That’s like the difference between somebody who’s talented at writing but learnt things on the go and somebody who’s also talented but is also formally trained. Not a good analogy but it explains things.

The Bloody Bertinelli

Keep in mind that not all Italian American characters are portrayed rather stereotypically, especially with the likes of Zatanna and The Punisher but then again while their ethnicity’s thankfully an afterthought to who they are and what they do, that can’t be said of Helena Bertinelli. Even if she’s not a criminal, her mafia ties are almost always emphasised.

It’s not always the case but it’s cliched. According to some North Americans of Italian descent, Helena is a walking stereotype. To one red-haired Italian Canadian, she’s really stereotypical. Not only are the Italian mafia xenophobic to blacks but associating Southern Italians with Africans (especially North Africans) doesn’t do good either.

True not all Italians are swarthy in the same manner not all Italians are gangsters nor are into pasta and stuff. One blogger Ragnell noted that she’s like an exaggerated combination of Italian American cliches that it can be hard to take her seriously.

As somebody whose introduction to Italian culture were from luminaries like Mina Mazzini, Eiffel 65 and Dante Alighieri, I’d agree. I’m not even an Italian citizen but it’s rather depressing that some people’s introductions to Italiana were from a cliched character.

She’s not bad, just frustrating.

 

Whither the stereotypical Jew

There are undoubtedly Jewish stereotypes for as long as it exists in relation to the Gentile majority and vice versa if you read the Old Testament and/or live among Jews. What has changed is how Jewish stereotypes are presented over the years. At some point or another Jews were distinguished by wearing strange hats!

That or them wearing yellow stars and even red hair! (It still does exist to some extent with South Park’s Kyle.) It seems the red-haired Jew of medieval yore has been supplanted by the red-haired Gael. That itself isn’t any better as most Scots and Irish are dark-haired themselves too.

Perhaps the most persistent would be having big noses but that itself isn’t unique to Jews and even Arabs, Armenians, Native Americans, Indians and Italians don’t always have large hooked noses either. (Sometimes it’s just a hooked medium nose.)

Other than that is usury, which originated in the Middle Ages as some churches forbade moneylending for most people. Most Jews probably aren’t like this either. It’s even forbidden in both Jewish literature and law.

Sometimes new stereotypes happen, which only makes other Jews want to fight it anyways.

 

What will curb plagiarism

As I predicted, as there are growing lawsuits against plagiarism and even laws one shouldn’t be surprised that some musicians’ songs get rejected for being too familiar (and illegally so). Should a big plagiarism scandal ever occur, it would expose many musicians and have some quit for good. Those that remain would have to rely on the public domain just to be careful.

That’s also one of the few situations, perhaps the only situation, where a musician can get away with not writing its own song and not be bothered by both legal and artistic concerns. One wonders if it can also be applied to dress and video. Predictably they too will be inspired by the public domain a lot.

Several years later, the line between folk and pop music would be blurred out of legal necessity. Musicians won’t be allowed to plagiarise the copyrights of a still living person by then.