Hayao Miyazaki: Not On Steve (Hand)Jobs’ Xmas Card List Anymo

Gotta love a news article that leads with a dynamite quote.

Legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki, director of cult Anime films such as ‘Spirited Away’ and ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’, has been quoted in Japanese publication Neppuu comparing iPad use with masturbation.

And he thinks using your iPhone is like indulging in S & M

He described the iPad as “… a game machine-type thing”, that people are “stroking with strange gestures… It’s disgusting. On trains, the number of those people doing that strange masturbation-like gesture is multiplying. For me, there is no feeling of admiration [and] no excitement whatsoever.”

I’m going to assume that the interview was conducted in Japanese, and maybe something could have been lost in translation. Maybe?

It’s funny though, because ‘wanker’ is one of the first words that springs into my mind when I see all these techno-monkeys feverishly scramble and line up for weeks outside Apple stores so as to be the first to adopt Steve Jobs’ latest leavings.

As genius as Miyazaki is, in comparing the iPad to masturbation he’s forgotten at least three things:

  1. The internet’s very existence doesn’t rely entirely on Apple product. Without masturbation, or at least porn specifically… wellll…
  2. Genitals (rarely) need batteries. Or software updates.
  3. As awesome as the iPad may be, I tend to doubt that it can offer an entire post-adolescent lifetime of entertainment.

Although it might explain why those of us that DON’T own an iPad seem so constantly tense.

Hmmm… stuck between an iRock and a Hard Place…

Life never gets any easier.

BPM

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