Thursday, September 28, 2006

Interesting article on reading groups

Apologies for this slightly library-geekish post, but this appeared on one of the library mailing lists today. It's an article about online reading groups which is one of the directions we're hoping to go in with this blog.

In fact, online communities are something of a flavour of the month at the moment: I've just read Train Man by Nakano Hitori, a book which is something of a phenomenon in Japan. The book consists of transcripts of bulletin board threads, posted by the eponymous Train Man and his online friends. Simply put, it's the story of a young Japanese geek (an otaku) who saves a woman from the attentions of a drunk on the subway and is coached in his consequent wooing of her by the posters on the bulletin board he subscribes to. It's already spawned manga comics, two tv series and a film in Japan as well as pages and pages of internet debate.

The odd thing about it is that noone really knows if any of the events actually happened or whether it's an elaborate internet hoax on the lines of the famous lonelygirl15 podcasts.

You never know, perhaps one day the Signpost Blog will scale the summits of internet greatness...

1 comment:

michael said...

Congrats for not using the phrase "big in Japan"...