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July 23, 2017

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Taiwan's news outlets seem more like entertainment media

The second Taipei International Comics & Animation Festival kicked off recently, with the number of people attending the festival hitting a record high this year. The festival also attracted a lot of media attention this year, but some reports on the festival targeted the negative side of those who visited — people who are often referred to as otaku, which according to the media means people who stay home all day long because they are not good at socializing.

Some local media reported on how many geeks rushed into the building when the door was opened and said that it was a good way for them to exercise. A few media outlets reported that many otakus were attracted to the festival because of, and couldn't stop staring at, the "booth babes" that they dream about.

These reports clearly display a tragic trend that Taiwan's media is following now: subjective and entertainment-oriented news reports. Many reporters do not even understand the meaning of the word otaku. It is a word that originated in Japan and specifically means people who are enthusiastic or proficient at a certain thing or profession.

It is believed that the word otaku later came to be used to describe people who are obsessed with animation, comics, video games or computer software. However, after the word was adopted in the Chinese-speaking world, most people started to use the term to refer to people who are not interested in socializing with others and often don't pay enough attention to personal hygiene.

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