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Journalist says cosplay is a bad sign for the U.S. Economy
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Posted 11/1/14
I think the guy who wrote this needs to stop judging a group of people he doesn't understand.

What do you think?


When you're disillusioned with the reality of your early adult life, dressing up like Doctor Who starts looking better and better. It's not to say that all or even most cosplay aficionados are struggling to find work. It's only to say that any rise in people fleeing reality for fantasy suggests problems with our reality.


http://theweek.com/article/index/269570/why-the-rise-of-cosplay-is-a-bad-sign-for-the-us-economy
Posted 11/1/14
I learned after mistakenly switching my major that people in the economic world are soulless sacks of greed and sadness.

Anything not seen as monetary growth is seen as "stupid" or "silly". I don't care how rude it sounds, but these kinds of people, who look at cosplay as an indication of finance and dissect it like some lame corporate monkey suit meeting, grate my soul and make me happy I wasn't born with a stick up my ass and focused only the corner office.


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The guy who wrote that article really sounds like the sort of person with a 'live to work' rather than a 'work to live' mentality. He probably hasn't spoken to a cosplayer about why or how they do what they do, nor has he probably had an ounce of happiness in his life. What a tosser.
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I think the guy is just an idiot. Escaping the harshness of reality through alternative means is something everyone does one way or another from watching t.v and movies to getting drunk or watch/playing sports everyone has there own way to escape reality. The fact that people do this does not reflect on the economy or country.

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Posted 11/1/14
Since when have cosplayers ever been understood or properly represented? XD
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The point being made in that excerpt is that reality has the problem, not the cosplayers who are purportedly fleeing from it. That an uptick in the popularity of escapism reflects problems with reality, not the people seeking escape. Of course, while that's true it's also important to note that cosplay isn't inherently about escapism. One doesn't necessrily dress like Dr. Who to escape the world, they might well do so simply because they really love the character, because they want to be an active participant in their subcultural community, or other such things. That's where the author really goes wrong.

Does the remainder of the article reflect that assessment?
Posted 11/1/14 , edited 11/1/14
apart from blueoni, what are you all on about? it's true, it's not an attack and because you saw it as one, that jealousy you gotta let go... lol.
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It looks like the writer think playing dress up is escaping.
I agree with the luddite view of future job prospects, though.
Posted 11/1/14
wish i can get paid to write a load of bull, too.

Posted 11/1/14 , edited 11/1/14
- Calls cosplay stupid

- Takes time to write stupid article on it

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xXNephilimHunterXx wrote:

I think the guy is just an idiot. Escaping the harshness of reality through alternative means is something everyone does one way or another from watching t.v and movies to getting drunk or watch/playing sports everyone has there own way to escape reality.



yes. but i see him as attacking the government and companies that the young people are either being alienated ^ as posts indicate and or that working conditions should improve by having attractive features. i don't live in america but i would not agree that many jobs are not being created, there are jobs out there and frankly sometimes people don't look hard in the right places. the employers who make the effort to attract those looking for jobs don't want you for you.
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Posted 11/1/14
Talking Heads. Same as it ever was.
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He hasn't backed that up with any proof at all. Studies show that long hair (in men) and short skirts are signs of a faltering economy but he has no proof that cosplay is too. I don't like cosplay (I find it ruins the characters image) but you can't make wild accusations like this without any proper proof.
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Cosplay has been done for what... A hounder years? Why hasn't it damaged the economy yet?
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Cosplay has been done for what... A hounder years? Why hasn't it damaged the economy yet?


that's the point, there's no effect to speak of. think he's trying to be clever about it... how Japan isn't far off the American situation by us. It's not about the cosplayer per se, just what we think of when he says that. can't pretend reality is not grim for maybe a lot of people (don't ask me for figures lol). doubt very many people cosplay (in America) lol.

then there is the Doctor Who mentioned, who is a character that uses a screw driver... that's like a question; what's exactly being done to improve the economy?

An example;

9: The good, high-paying jobs have vanished: Recovery Has Created Far More Low-Wage Jobs Than Better-Paid Ones, New York Times

NYT:

“The deep recession wiped out primarily high-wage and middle-wage jobs. Yet the strongest employment growth during the sluggish recovery has been in low-wage work, at places like strip malls and fast-food restaurants.

In essence, the poor economy has replaced good jobs with bad ones. That is the conclusion of a new report from the National Employment Law Project, a research and advocacy group, analyzing employment trends four years into the recovery.

“Fast food is driving the bulk of the job growth at the low end — the job gains there are absolutely phenomenal,” said Michael Evangelist, the report’s author. “If this is the reality — if these jobs are here to stay and are going to be making up a considerable part of the economy — the question is, how do we make them better?”



maybe all a coincidence... but i'd need to read the full thing. american economy does not interest me but i do believe it was recovering and maybe not the jobs people'd like were been created.

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