MMD and Cyber-BullyingMMD and Cyber-Bullying in Art Features More Like This
So one morning I was going through my DA messages and there was one from deviant RaikuHoshigami with a rather interesting proposition. Basically, he suggested that I write an article on "Cyber-Bullying" as it pertains to MMD.
He raised some really interesting points with respect to this subject and in a nutshell these were all points that affect many of us here on DA who are MMDers, either directly or indirectly. Especially since outside of Japan, many MMDers are exactly in the demographic groups most likely to be affected by "Cyber-Bullying"; namely those who are in their pre-teen and teens. There are also instances to my direct knowledge where some who are in their early 20s have been negatively impacted in their experiences with MMD by others on DA. So, this is a subject worth visiting in a little more depth.
So what we will do here are the following:
(And I'm afraid we can only touch the subject in this article briefly as i
Japanese Attitudes Toward MMD ModelsJapanese people have the special affection for human-shaped objects.Japanese Attitudes Toward MMD Models in Personal More Like This
With the influence of Shinto culture, they often regard human-shaped objects as resting or residing room for souls, spirits or gods/deities. Though this custom is becoming obsolete, some Japanese take old dolls to shrines or temples to pray for the repose of souls. Priests or monks recite a sutra and the dolls are cremated. These might be the reason why some people in Japan often talk as if Vocaloid characters were real human beings.
It seems some MMD model creators take their works as the very expression of their souls with this cultural and religious belief. This strong affection for human-shaped objects may lead to the reason why they strongly reject editing or redistributing their models. They don't mean to be selfish at all; we should respect their feelings.
Editing or Frankensteining?Many Japanese MMD model creators are open to edit their models.Editing or Frankensteining? in Personal More Like This
Still this never means you can do whatever you want to the models.
I have to say most modelers are negative to frankenstein models.
Editing means you yourself make new clothes, hair, or other parts from scratch for the models you want to edit.
Swapping heads or other parts is not editing. It is rather called frankensteining.
Think about this example. You collect many famous pictures. Michelangelo, Gogh, Millet, Picasso and other artists.
You cut their works and make a new patchwork picture.
Is this an art? Can you claim you edited the picture?
Or it can be compared to cutting dolls into parts to create a "new doll of your own".
Can you say you treat the dolls with love?
Definitely not! You just destroy original pictures or dolls.
Making frankenstein models is like this. You just destroy original models.
Modelers were tolerant to editing because they had the slightest idea that people would make frankensteins. They hoped pe
THOSE RUDE PEOPLE HERE ARE THE REAL RACISTS.