Been lurking around a little bit and I'm just curious to know what the exact image is of an Otaku? My personal image of an Otaku is a fat middle ages man/woman who collects figurines, buys anime, talks about anime and spends hour upon hour playing anime games and watching anime.
I don't do this myself mind you but I'm not what you'd call a "Hardcore Otaku" I'd never buy figurines, I download my anime (Pirate, yarrrrrr....) there aren't many anime video games (Besides Dragonball Z) which I play, I'm not fat nor middle aged and have a pretty active social life.
What I fear most is though what the world thinks of Otaku.
You mention the word Otaku to anyone else and if they have a bit of knowledge about it they immediatley think you're a hentai loving, doujinshi reading lolicon pedophile who sits around 4chan all day waiting for the next Boxxy to come along.
The thing that pisses me off the most is this.
"Otaku (おたく/オタク?) is a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests"(, particularly anime, manga, and video games.) Because it's been used to describe people who have an addiction to manga and anime it's been generalized (not a word I know) as just that. Otaku can mean you have an obsessive hobbey towards I dunno....Pringles cans?
What I'm trying to say is why has the image of an Otaku been degraded into such a disgusting image that it is today? The stereotypes that come with it aren't even remotely true in most cases (Such as mine, but like I said i'm no 'Hardcore Otaku') and I'm sure that most of you aren't one of those very small stereotypes of Otaku.