From September 2005 to June 2006 a team of thirteen scholars at the The University of Southern California's Annenberg Center for Communication explored how new and maturing networking technologies are transforming the way in which we interact with content, media sources, other individuals and groups, and the world that surrounds us.
This site documents the process and the results.
I believe otaku are a new breed born in the 20th century ”˜visual culture era.’ In other words, otaku are people with viewpoint based on an extremely evolved sensitivity toward images.
— Toshio Okada, Introduction to Otakuology
In the 1993 premier issue of Wired, a feature article introduced English-speaking geekdom to Japanese otaku, “the incredibly strange mutant creatures who rule the universe of alienated Japanese zombie computer nerds.