With the annual conference of the Canadian Anthropology Society starting tomorrow, I felt it might be useful for some of our…
I know, I’ve been remiss. Even though I’ve been a die-hard anime fan since early high school, it’s taken me until recently to watch Ghost in a Shell, the pivotal Japanese science fiction film released in 1995.
Based on the manga by Masumune Shirow, Ghost in a Shell epitomizes the sheer brilliance of Japanese animation: the illustrations impeccably render a dystopian future in which humans have begun to transcend the limits of the human body by incorporating state of the art technology and cybernetic science into every part of their physicality and cognition.
It is a recurrent idea that time spent online or playing video games is wasted. It might be especially prevalent in people who do not enjoy gaming, but could also come from the fact that we all get zombifyed by memes or facebook every once in a while.
If you ask me, the only time you’ll ever spend badly is the time you don’t enjoy. If you enjoy laughing out loud at memes and watching documentaries online, go right ahead. The key is to focus on contents that allow you to connect to people, spike your curiosity, make you laugh, make you learn, or challenge you. How about a few anthropology readings to accomplish that?