SDS on the Dark Matter of Mainstream

January 18th, 2009 by Author

For no apparent reason, SDS decided to remind us about the gulf between the dedicated and the masses. Indeed it’s a truism. The only news here is how much the modern day bloggers underestimate the gap. My own favourite example is the shock I experienced upon learning that Afro Samurai outsells Haruhi 2 to 1. It reminded me how some 3-rd grade celebrity from NY said in 2004: “How could Bush be elected? I do not know anyone who voted for Bush”. I certainly do not know anyone who bought Afro Samurai.

SDS also seems to think that the gulf is growing. I don’t know if it grows by itself or together with the growth of the market (like the distance between letters on an expanding child’s balloon), but I can see how people like Protaku attempt to insert themselves into the perceived space.

AVATAR observes: “I mean, if you look at it the other way, [Afro Samurai is] probably the worst-selling thing that Jackson has ever been in, by a long way.” Heh.