Kamisama no Memo-chou
Recently I started watching an anime called Kamisama no Memo-chou in which a loli detective solves crimes from her computer. While it’s very entertaining and well written, I have one problem with it.
Her room, pictured above, is where she stays for 95% of the series. All her food is take out and delivered to this room. She’s only seen drinking soda. This is also brought to her from her fridge which is full of nothing but. She never leaves bed, and has designed her room around this principal.
This perpetuates the stereotype that hackers/programmers/NEET compsci nerds all are basement dwellers who leave bed only when absolutely necessary, only eat take out, and only drink copious amounts of caffeine. Although I know a few people this holds true for, I know more people who it doesn’t.
With the growing fear for data security and our lives becoming more centered around technology, it’s these stereotypes that hold the general public back from accepting that the people being stereotyped make their lives safer. The more flaws exposed, the more flaws patched, the less flaws exploited.