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New Poll - Manga Passion
This week's poll was suggested by juliarox214. Who knows that you love manga, assuming you love manga in the first place?

You can submit poll ideas here
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Question: Would you accept an offer of immortality?
Choices:
Yes, if I have an immortal partner too - votes: 484 (10.8%)
No, I just don't want to live forever - votes: 825 (18.5%)
Yes, as long as I can choose to die if I'm tired of living - votes: 1401 (31.4%)
Not if it means I'm living a nightmare (endless torture, lost limbs, mental illness) - votes: 498 (11.2%)
Not if there are strings attached (i.e., curse, vampirism, etc.) - votes: 297 (6.7%)
Not if it means I endlessly age (like still living despite conditions associated with the elderly) - votes: 577 (12.9%)
Yes! No matter what! - votes: 379 (8.5%)
There were 4461 total votes.
The poll ended: April 13th 2019

If you can choose when you die, does that count as suicide?
Posted by lambchopsil on 
April 13th 7:46am
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» calstine on April 13th, 2019, 1:05am

Not just about manga, but when it comes to anything truly personal about me, the only people who know - and imo the only ones who ever need to know - are A few close family members and/or friends.

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» Oniluap on April 13th, 2019, 1:57am

I don't try to hide nor mention it at the first opportunity, so it just comes up eventually if I've known the person for a while, but not to everyone I know.

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» residentgrigo on April 13th, 2019, 3:50am

Anyone who knows me. Just with anyone replaced with most and manga replaced with comics in general.

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» HikaruYami on April 13th, 2019, 5:01am

Anyone who knows me

Like, I don't go shouting it around at work to people who don't give a shit about me, but if there's ever one of those self-introduction circles that includes anything like "a hobby", I'm going to say "I'm obsessed with video games and manga." It's literally at the core of my identity. All of my immediate coworkers know by now. I even read manga at work 😛

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» ForeignerChan on April 13th, 2019, 5:31am

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If you can choose when you die, does that count as suicide?
It does, in my opinion.

As for the new poll, it reminds me of a discussion I had in the forum section some months ago. I tend not to bring up manga when I'm talking about my interests because I'm afraid they will find it "stupid". I don't know about you, but in my country comics aren't considered "high literature", even though there ARE some masterpieces in the comic sphere -- be it Asian, American or European comics. Last week I attended a class of history in which the professor pointed out the importance of media during McCarthyism and the Cold War, mentioning comics such as Captain America. That being said, sometimes I feel I should be more open about my passions.

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» Transdude1996 on April 13th, 2019, 7:44am

Quote from lambchopsil
Would you accept an offer of immortality?
Yes, as long as I can choose to die if I'm tired of living - votes: 1401 (31.4%)

Funny. Just finished reading Eve and Eve, and...
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
...the story ends with both the "immortals" killing each other. And, the "age" they die at is around the same age normal people die.


Quote from ForeignerChan
Last week I attended a class of history in which the professor pointed out the importance of media during McCarthyism and the Cold War, mentioning comics such as Captain America.

Did your professor bring up how McCarthy was 100% right, or that the North's exaggerations of the South was one big political stunt made for no other reason than to have an excuse to strip the Southern countryside of it's resources (With Lincoln and Johnson spending their days fighting against the corruption in Washington)?

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» HikaruYami on April 15th, 2019, 6:31am

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in my country


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McCarthyism and the Cold War, mentioning comics such as Captain America.


... How many people outside of America would recognize the word "McCarthyism"? That's a serious question, by the way--as an American, I have no idea.

But if you *are* a fellow American, my advice to you is to get over yourself? 😛 I don't care what people think, I'm just the authentic me at all times except when being the authentic me would get me fired for yelling at someone who's being a moron ;P

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» ForeignerChan on April 15th, 2019, 9:39am

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How many people outside of America would recognize the word "McCarthyism"?

I'm not American. I'm not sure how many people would recognize that word outside of America, but I think it is usually mentioned during history classes in high school -- or at university, as in my case.

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My advice to you is to get over yourself? I don't care what people think, I'm just the authentic me at all times except when being the authentic me would get me fired for yelling at someone who's being a moron.

Thank you for your advice. You are totally right, I should get over myself. I'm often too much: always over-thinking, unnecessarily worried and definitely too hung up about everything. But I'll try to be less self-conscious from now on 😉

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» HikaruYami on April 15th, 2019, 2:46pm

Wow, it's pretty interesting to learn that America's almost entirely fabricated, strictly internal battle with "communism" is something that the rest of the world studies about. Joseph McCarthy never even understood foreign policy, much less drafted meaningful bills on the subject, so he really didn't have much global impact, as far as I'm aware.

Presumably McCarthyism is thus used to give more context to the Cold War, which seems like a far more reasonable subject of study for a world history class?

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» Transdude1996 on April 15th, 2019, 7:42pm

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Wow, it's pretty interesting to learn that America's almost entirely fabricated, strictly internal battle with "communism" is something that the rest of the world studies about.

How was any of it fabricated? KGB agents, Communist pamphlets and organizations, civil rights groups, labor unions all explicitly said that their goal is to subvert, demoralize, destabilize, and destroy America (Whether through violent or proletarian means); with time going on to prove that McCarthy was right about everything. Today, it's even more undeniable that Communism had a damaging influence on American culture from Marx being the most assigned "economist" in universities and institutions to television calling for violence as a solution to political discussion.

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» gwkimmy on April 15th, 2019, 9:27pm

Whether or not American fears of communism during the Cold War was warranted or not is almost irrelevant in this point in history, I believe that is what what HikaruYami is referring to.

What is important, and damning, is that what the United States did with that fear was far more damaging than anything a communism boogeyman would have done. Just ask the Middle East and all of South America.

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» Transdude1996 on April 15th, 2019, 11:52pm

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What is important, and damning, is that what the United States did with that fear was far more damaging than anything a communism boogeyman would have done.

Would you care to expand on that? Especially since I don't see how warning people about a very real ideology, that has killed over a hundred million globally, and was funded and created for the sole purpose of destabilizing countries, is the creation of a "boogeyman".

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Just ask the Middle East and all of South America.

I don't remember hearing that the U.S. was responsible for events such as the '79 Revolution (In fact, briefly looking it up, Marxists and Islamist were the biggest supporters of it). But, then again, we have actively been destabilizing that entire region for the past 70 years, beginning with the creation (And the continued support) of Israel. Or, you could be referring to the fall of Rhodesia and South Africa, which is also out fault (But, that's Africa, not West Asia).

As far as U.S. involvement in South America, the only thing I know about is how American intellectuals and celebrities praised Venezuela's decent into Socialism, with media completely misrepresenting what is actually happening in that country.

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» HikaruYami on April 16th, 2019, 5:36am

I've started just ignoring that guy ( "transdude1996" ) you're responding to, and I recommend others do the same. Over a long history of comments he honestly just seems like a troll.

For those unconvinced in this particular case, even McCarthy's staunchest defenders only argue that evidence was "strong" in the case of 9 out of 159 people McCarthy identified and villified without public-record evidence.

Feel free to check out the actual sources from Wikipedia's article on Joseph McCarthy, and please never trust anyone who links pages like wnd.com (his "mccarthy was right about everything" source, lol. It's an extreme fringe far-right site).

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» Transdude1996 on April 16th, 2019, 6:19am

Quote from HikaruYami
I've started just ignoring that guy ( "transdude1996" ) you're responding to, and I recommend others do the same. Over a long history of comments he honestly just seems like a troll.

You didn't have a problem talking to me in the last poll thread when you explained your position on...would spirituality be the best way to put it? What changed?

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Feel free to check out the actual sources from Wikipedia's article on Joseph McCarthy

And, you're calling me the troll? Wikipedia isn't an accredited sources. Never has, never will be. And, last I checked, even the most devout Liberal and Conservative professors will fail your paper if you use it as a source. All it's good for is general information and that is it.

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and please never trust anyone who links pages like wnd.com (his "mccarthy was right about everything" source, lol. It's an extreme fringe far-right site).

I didn't know that. Didn't know about the site until yesterday. Is The Washington Post enough of an accreddited source for you?
Edit: Or what about C-SPAN, the source for the WND article?

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» Trimutius on April 13th, 2019, 5:31am

Well I wouldn't tell it to a random person. But most of my family and friends would know. But definitely not Anyone, because I don't really mention it unless there is a talk about interests... My mom reprimands me for that, she says I spend too much time reading manga and not enough time searching for a girlfriend...

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» tactics on April 13th, 2019, 5:33am

Most of my family and friends, some of my co-workers do as well I suppose. I don't tell people about it but if it comes up I'll say. My co-workers found out when I told them I was going to Japan for example. It's not something I hide but it's not something I shout about either. Like any of my other hobbies I guess. I'll tell you what I enjoy doing in my spare time if you care to ask.
Perhaps some people can infer if they pay attention to accessories/keyrings or clothing I wear that has logos and stuff, but it's the kind of things that unless you know what they are, you wont know at all.

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» Sugarshark on April 13th, 2019, 7:00pm

I guess wearing japanimanga themed clothing tells a bunch of people you don't even know, about your passion
Akira shirts were quite the thing 25yrs ago
I'm a fan of subdued elements, stuff where it's not really discernable what it is unless you're up close and being carefully scrutinized.

I like the possibility of people that I have amiable relationships with making suggestions for future reads
it's nice-nice etiquette to allow others the opportunity to give

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» gwkimmy on April 14th, 2019, 9:32pm

I voted "close family and friends" since it's not something I go out telling everybody...but then I realized I do have some blatant advertisements LOL. My laptop has a My Neighbor Totoro themed skin that I made, my car has Ghibli decals all over it and plushies inside, my bag is Totoro themed and a couple other things I have too. I even have a Totoro dress that I've worn to work before. So everyone and their mom knows I'm into Ghibli, and if they get into a convo with me about it, they eventually find out that I'm super into manga.

My classmates also know about my love for manga since we talk about literature and all it's different forms all the time.

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» blackkittycat15 on April 19th, 2019, 6:25pm

I don't bother hiding it, but the nice thing about being an adult is other adults don't care. They will know I like Japanese comics but I don't talk about specific manga or go into details unless they're also a fan.

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» naeddyr on April 19th, 2019, 11:43pm

I guess mango-passion fruit is ok, but my favorite flavor is strawberry.

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