“Representation” is a rhetorical Trojan horse that flips victim and aggressor, cause and effect Despite decades of stigmatization of nerd hobbies (and academic fields), the fans and the hobbies are being blamed for other people not being fans - the stigmatization and bullying isn’t mentioned, or is outright denied, often by the people who performed it in the first place Judging from claims that anime characters are white, representation media effects theory should mean that anime is more popular among white people than the Japanese who created it for themselves It’s just a big coincidence that video games and anime and STEM have become economic powerhouses, and policing pixels or complaining about the existence of slurs is a far easier gig than studying calculus or Japanese or programming
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