Let’s talk about people here for a minute

Ever since Train Man, I’ve been fascinated by the Japanese cultural phenomenon called Otaku.  In short, Otaku are individuals (usually from the younger generation) who are fascinated by the electronic and fantasy world.  Extreme hermetism has always fascinated me.  Perhaps this is because I feel that I’m a social person who needs to connect with and learn from others and I cannot imagine not being able to do so.

Not long ago I ran across this article on Wired magazine on Otaku and read exerpts from an interview with a prominent member of the Japanese Otaku community who commented, ” They should realize that we are the future – more comfortable with things than people… That’s defintely the direction we’re heading as a society.”

Maybe, but I doubt it.  Human beings have survived because they can connect with each other.   Even within the e-world people seek out connections with one another. The story of the Train Man stands as testament to this.

I feel that you really can’t take people out of the equation… just ask countless Business Process Engineers whose efforts have failed because they forgot to consider how end users would react to the re-engineering of their tools and processes.

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