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Cyberpunk Review » Media Immersion Pod Spotlight: B@gus Cyber Cafe
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Comments

April 6, 2007

Vesper said:

Since 99.9% of my job = online…

I can imagine living there ;)

Very nice report with a cool ending :)

cyberbird said:

thanks, I’m glad you like it. :)
if anyone has questions about anything that wasn’t covered in the review please let ask away.

SFAM said:

Thanks so much for the write-up cyberbird. It seems like your experience was a largely personal and individual one. My guess is this is what is “supposed” to happen at these places. I would be interested in an anthropologist “participant observation” type view of these places, where you go around an either snap pictures or talk about others interacting or doing things. The previous article mentioned that people essentially make out in these little pods and that nobody bothers them. This in particular seems pretty strange to me, and points to the completely individual “nobody but you” mentality you point out above.

That all these people could go in a public place and be completely independent - meaning nobody talks or interacts with them, is fairly interesting. Does the reverse also happen? Meaning if you and another guy are both looking at the same set of mangas, is it OK to strike up a conversation? Are there separate communal talking rooms in B@gus, or is the whole place the like the library “no talk” zone you mention above?

Bradwerd said:

Fantastic! This is definitely going on the list of things I do when I go to Japan. One question though… Does the time you take selecting Manga and anime to watch cut into your booth time? because I could see myself spending a couple hours just browsing.

April 7, 2007

kefka321 said:

Good point Bradwerd, I would probably spend many hours just browsing their selection. Maybe they have brochures or something X)

April 8, 2007

cyberbird said:

(in reply to SFAM)
“If you and another guy are both looking at the same set of mangas, is it OK to strike up a conversation?”

The feeling I got, that it wasn’t acceptable to speak to someone about similar interests. But this is mostly due to the fact that Japan’s society is to keep to themselves. But this is also not to say this does not happen.
I find it quite the paradox that you go to a public place yet only to be alone.
To connect through disconnection?

(Bradwerd)
“Does the time you take selecting Manga and anime to watch cut into your booth time?”
Yes, they hand you a receipt with the time, once that times comes you must go to the front desk to renew your cube.

Thanks everyone for the comments.

April 8, 2013

OneyedSon said:

Nice report - just- wondering what would happen if you showed up with your own laptop - ?

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