The esteemed University of Oxford has quite bizarrely introduced Hatsune Miku (and virtual idols as a whole) as one of their textbook studies, a class bound to prove uninformative to any individual even remotely familiar with the virtual diva whilst providing a new generation of virtual idol studies graduates with fruitful careers.

Unfortunately only a portion of the book (entitled “The Oxford Handbook of Music and Virtuality”) focuses on Miku and “fictional” idols; the chapter titles regarding Miku can be seen below:

6. Vocaloids and Japanese Virtual Vocal Performance: The Cultural Heritage and Technological Futures of Vocal Puppetry
Louise H. Jackson and Mike Dines
7. Hatsune Miku and Japanese Virtual Idols
Rafal Zaborowski
8. Hatsune Miku, 2.0Pac, and Beyond: Rewinding and Fast-Forwarding the Virtual Pop Star
Thomas Conner
9. “Feel Good” with Gorillaz and “Reject False Icons”: The Fantasy Worlds of the Virtual Group and Their Creators
Shara Ramberran

According to some readers however, the tome has covered Miku negatively, stating that western fans have affection for her merely due to “cultural appropriation” and not actually for the technology or music, an excuse that seemingly goes out of its way to denounce the entire otaku culture surrounding her (a rather frequent event that has even been committed by political figures).

The textbook itself will set buyers back $150 for a physical copy but only a mere $120 for a digital copy, and internet dwellers uninterested in being subject to university publishing mafia violation can at least take a glimpse at the free version courtesy of Google Books.

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    Comment by Denshousha
    03:48 10/03/2016 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I would take this a lot more seriously if these books were actually written by Japanese people. Instead I see a bunch of white and black people's names on the book getting SJW outraged for the sake of Japanese people that didn't ask for such a representation. Talk about cultural appropriation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:22 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Every damn time I hear the words "cultural appropriation" used as criticism I know I can stop reading the said comment.

    It's one of the silliest buzzwords the SJWs have come up with.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:19 11/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    That indeed it is.

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    Comment by Imyou
    08:08 10/03/2016 # ! Good (+0.4)

    American 80s ninja movies are cultural appropriation... Miku seems more like a culture that only exists inasmuch as it is appropriated. Even moreso than Touhou, it's like... a blank slate, and its very body is made up of places where people took it and ran with it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:03 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, pretty sure that's what the book's saying, from what I got after reading it. SC is making this a bigger deal than it is because they used the word "appropriation" like, one time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:07 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    That is very true. Miku by herself is nothing more than software without a personality. She became what she is now because people took bits and pieces of her and assign personality, values and everything.

    Miku may not be an interesting subject by herself but the phenomenon surrounding her is worthy of study.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:24 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    What, like practically every other instrument? Brits created lyres sure, but I'm pretty sure we culturally appropriated violins and pianos, why are they not given a negative slant?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:49 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Pretty sure lyres are greek or at least mediterranean as a whole... Scottish? Sure, that's the oldest one found, from 300BC, but there are depections of greek ones from before 2500BC

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:18 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Don't be silly, you can't appropriate white culture because whites have no culture.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:06 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    So Greece does already not count as a majorly white country?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:30 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Who's white or not depends entirely on the mood and whatever is most convenient for the SJW you're speaking to at the moment.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:08 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    We never did turn lyres and lutes into idols and hold virtual concerts for them.

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    Comment by MuChaDo
    05:06 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Scotland invented the bagpipes and they can fucking keep them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:24 11/03/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The bagpipe was invented by the Romans, dumbass. Bagpipes were played throughout Europe during the Middle Ages until they slowly died in most of them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:28 11/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Philistine detected.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:54 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, I for one am glad that there are these concerned people who take it upon themselves to warn us plebs about the multitudinous hazards of listening to the "jazz-music" of negroes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:52 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Guys, the book doesn't say any of this at all. The word "appropriation" is used literally once in the chapters that are about Miku, and it's not about white people stealing culture or anything like that.

    I've looked it up, and as far as I can tell, all this is from literally one guy complaining on the Mikufan website, and SC decided to write the story based on that (cause come on, are we really surprised?)

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:32 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    The funny thing is that they don't know Vocaloid was made by a Catalan research team (from Universitat Pompeu Fabra).

    So is using something made by a white man cultural appropiation now?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:51 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Led By Kenmochi Hideki (the one who had the Idea of Vocaloids in the first place), with his own group of Japanese researchers and consultants, and Funded by Yamaha ... so ... No ...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:47 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    So much angst from you guys over what is just a university reader. I'm curious to hear what the lectures would b like for this unit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:59 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    You should read the book. It's on Google books for free (at least, the Miku stuff is). It's nothing like what these guys are saying at all. They used the word once, and they weren't talking about SJW Tumblerina appropriation (because the word means other stuff too).

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:39 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good to see academia is preparing another crop of skill-less graduates for their inevitable basement dwelling future.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:08 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    as an american, im deeply offended by the fact the japanese have culturally appropriated fast food joints.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:27 11/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Considering that "americans" (U.S.A., Canadians, Mexican's, Brazilians, etc....), I think you mean U.S. citizens, originally force-feed said fast-food joints to almost the entire globe. Well your statement is utter crap. Although since in SanCom I will assume you're being a sarcastic ass.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:20 12/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    He's obviously being sarcastic. Fix your detectors.

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    Comment by YotaruVegeta
    21:35 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    In other words, no one has a direct quote, so expect people to get all mad at this dumb textbook without knowing what they really wrote.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:57 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    You. I like you. You actually know what you're talking about. They used the word "appropriation" literally once in the section about Miku, and they were talking about how people in the West tend to associate exotic, futuristic settings (presumably including ones in which computer programs become world famous pop stars) with Japan.

    I looked it up. It's literally just one guy complaining about the book, and SC didn't bother to go beyond that for their research, because SC.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:19 12/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ever seen Macross Plus? That's exactly what happens in it and it was made two decades ago. It's not off base at all to associate that kind of setting with Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:36 11/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn it, I knew I shouldn't have applied for Cambridge.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:21 11/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    I miss Muslimstyle.

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    Comment by Crazy_O
    23:23 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    First, Cultural Appropriation is BS.

    Second point. It's a product of a company. A company that is selling stuff on a free market - they do not care who buys there product.

    Third point. Voice synthesizers for music have a huge history. Japan adds just added a face to one. If it's someone's culture it's that of the countries who helped develop them, not the one who introduced a successful marketing campaign.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:00 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    They should do a text based on futa and their fans. #imcurious #openminded

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:20 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    I took a class on Japanese theater... and we actually did talk about futas for part of it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:55 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    My God! I am horrified yet intrigued! What exactly was discussed in regards to futa and Japanese theater?

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    Comment by No Name
    04:29 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oxford - esteemed. Yeah sure, just like Yale, Harvard , and Princeton are. <.<

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:04 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    All these colleges are starting to fill up with safe space "crybully" psychos.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:55 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    WTF is wrong with American colleges!??

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    14:02 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Watch "Indoctrination U" it's on Youtube. Scary ass crap.

    Sociology, humanities, and liberal arts in most colleges have gone full Commie Marxist psychos. Like "Jonestown" level collectivism.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:23 12/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    >implying Liberty University, et al. are not totally right-wing theo-fascist factories

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:48 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    >American College


    Comment by Anonymous
    09:35 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Considering Oxford is in the UK...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:19 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Miku is sooo beautiful!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:47 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    since when was cultural appropriation a bad thing?
    i mean seriously. its been going on for thousands of years and people have only started bitching about it in the 2010's.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:03 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    How come not covering the music technologies too deeply and focused on her as a cultural icon is called "negative"?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:42 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It isn't about omitting detail on the technology or a question of focus, dumbass. It's about the social justice delusion of cultural appropriation. Look at the quote again: " western fans have affection for her merely due to “cultural appropriation” and not actually for the technology or music." The author implies that Miku has no merit and that she is only popular because of some inexplicable desire to steal japanese culture.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:01 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most of the book is about Japanese people. They were talking about how westerners are really fascinated with Japanese stuff in general. Which is true. Because sites like this exist. They're not even saying anything bad about westerners.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:30 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    In fact, the first critical discussion should be if this was a cultural invasion instead, since bombarding the world with japanese culture is totally premeditated move of the japanese government, that is literally enforcing "the ability to indirectly influence behaviour or interests through cultural or ideological means" in their own interest, the gross national cool (aka Cool Japan). Is Miku a poor victim of malicious appropiation of foreing culture or a powerful mass brainwashing weapon for a world that supports japanese quirks?
    Neither of them, probably.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:01 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Elitist detected. Cultural Appropriation over technologies.... so what?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:00 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's what the actual book says, too. They used the word "appropriation" one time in the Miku section, and they didn't say it was a bad thing. They weren't even talking about SJW cultural appropriation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:02 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    How the devil are Vocaloids or Virtual Divas "culture appropiation"..? Appropiated from WHERE, to begin with..? The country that invented augmented reality..? Music software..? SEGA..? Is liking anime and not being Japanese "cultural appropiation" of western cartoons, too..? Quite an absurd statement for a self-proclaimed top-grade university...

    This looks like just another one out of many stabs at Japanese culture from a western country, just like what happens with mostly anything anime-related these days.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:47 10/03/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Do you even know what 'culture appropriation' means?

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