An alternative, utopic space where a “lost generation” was able to reinvent itself. That's the kind of language Japanese web critic Kawakami Nobuo uses when he speaks about the emergence of the internet in recession-hit, 1990s Japan. Dejected with the pursuit of purpose and direction, lazy, jobless nobodies searched for an outlet to blow some steam at a society that was falling apart.
The culture of Japan’s online communities originated with these cynical, escapist youth,...
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