True & Honest Fan
- Jul 18, 2017
Dojinshi and indie music CDs are distributed largely in-person for a good reason. It's changed recently but the culture around media is still quite fucked due to their laws, even though a lot of porn artists are allowed to get away with stuff others might not.
The japs also have an "interesting" fan culture. They view fans as an integral part of their industry and work their monetization around this. On the face you would say "this is just what Western companies do!" And you would be wrong. Because westerners think in lines. And Asians think in circles. Its more complex then this but the analogy works roughly.
In the West, a company creates a product, sells the product, and the fan then consooms product. The end. Beginning. Middle. End. In Japan however a company does not create a product. It uses a product that already exists, either metaphorically or actually due to the collective will of all consumers. The company dutifully makes that will manifest and offers it up for the fans to enjoy. The fans then taken the product and use it to further the collective will which births new product for the company to manifest and sell.
World without end.
When you realize this everything from how jap companies seem to tolerate levels of copyright abuse that would make a western company turn puce to their weird idol culture where it almost seems like the entertainers are slaves to their fans makes much more sense.