November 2013

* manga


Dr. Thomas LaMarre, professor of East Asian Studies and Art History at McGill University, claimed that after World War II, Japanese people became "fascinated" with neoteny and "cuteness", as shown in their Manga and Anime.

By making their product or artwork display neotenous traits, designers attempt to sway people to enjoy or desire their product because it appears childish, adorable, soft or otherwise desirable. By making a product cute, the nucleus accumbens in the human brain is targeted and elicits a protective or coddling response, which encourages an individual to acquire (purchase) said item. By designing items, characters, food or anything else in this manner, product designers attempt to create the same reaction to a product that a human baby could create. This is one reason that certain cute products become so collectable and sought after, such as stuffed animals, dolls, toys, miniature figurines and models and even pets. Through design, producers can encourage the same protective feeling in people as what would usually be felt when seeing a lost child. In another sense, neoteny in design can also pertain to making media seem more humorous or carefree.

Serious adult problems or use of crude language are generally considered non-childlike (or non-neotenous).

However, crude humor or slapstick comedy often rely on elements that even young children find amusing such as farting, burping, silly faces, minor physical harm. Such comedy is often labeled as crude because it calls upon neotenous habits that are generally seen as being outside of civilized society.

"Farts are - I just refuse to be snobbish about certain shit with comedy. You know, farts come out of your ass and they make a fucking trumpet sound. That shit smelling gas comes out of your ass and it makes a toot sound. What the fuck is not funny about that? It's perfect, it's a perfect joke. It has all the elements."
(Louis CK)

Larry David


"Anyone can be confident with a full head of hair. But a confident bald man - there's your diamond in the rough."

"I think we're all good and bad, but good's not funny. Bad is funny. Suppress the good and let the bad out, and then you can be funny."

"I had a wonderful childhood, which is tough because it's hard to adjust to a miserable adulthood."

"I was planning on my future as a homeless person. I had a really good spot picked out."

"When you're not concerned with succeeding, you can work with complete freedom."

Ricky Gervais


"Honor is a gift a man gives himself. You can be as good as anyone that ever lived. If you can read, you can learn everything that anyone ever learned. But you've got to want it."

"People confuse the subject of the joke with the target of the joke, and they're very rarely the same."

"There's no difference between fame and infamy now. There's a new school of professional famous people that don't do anything. They don't create anything."

"You should make something. You should bring something into the world that wasn't in the world before. It doesn't matter what it is. It doesn't matter if it's a table or a film or gardening-everyone should create."

The grass isn't
on the
other side!