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26 March 2011 @ 06:56 pm
Nino More 05/2011  

Episode 29: An Era of Convenience

The other day Nino saw the much talked about movie, "The Social Network." It's a movie about Mark Zuckerburg, the true story of his achievements and failures when he became the youngest billionaire at 25 years of age after founding the communication site FaceBook, which boasts 500,000,000 users worldwide.

I saw it on the plane on the way to the L.A. premiere of Gantz, and it was interesting. As to what was interesting, first off, the use of technology. There are twins in the movie that cause the lawsuit with the main character, but in reality it's one guy playing two parts by way of CG, right? Even though we had CG in GANTZ too, I thought that was a pretty slick way to use it. (smiling)

It's very Nino-like for him not to focus first on the acting nor the theme, but instead the imaging technology that's used.

Of course the actors were all fresh and that was great, and the theme of the movie was clear. It's a common theme, where someone makes a convenient tool and gains a lot of money, and loses their friends in the process. But I'm the same generation as the main character, raised in an era where digital conveniences are expected, and I feel like there was a little something missing in the way it portrayed this generation. Maybe it's because the director is about two generations our senior. Of course he's had many experiences and that's why he could portray this, and it's a movie I like. That's why I want to talk about it.

Time flows on, and the world advances. The smartphone shown in Arashi's commercials can tell you, wherever you are, the meanings of words or the way to get to a store just by voice recognition software. Self-propelled vacuum cleaners are now popular, and you can even buy music at home.

I feel like I'm really a child of the times. I love games, and I always have my phone with me. New things are coming out all the time; it's really a time of convenience. Only, I don't think my standard of living has really changed all that much. (smiling) The only time I really think about the era we live in is when I'm making music with music software. In my apartment I have a music room with a computer and instruments in it, and playing the instruments, recording them into the computer, and creating music is really enjoyable. Software like this has advanced in ways people would never have thought of in the past, and there are 10,000 different patterns of sounds you can make. There are so many, I haven't listened to all of them yet (smiling). I've installed an external synthesizer and 11 soft synths. There are so many amazing music programs now, and if they're made free use, absolutely anyone will be able to write music these days.

Though saying so, progress also has its bad sides. If you digitalize music, possibilities increase, but you can also cut corners while you create and hide the lack of skill in a musical performance. There are also many who fear that music is losing its individuality.

For a musician that uses instruments from the melody to the arrangement, excessive digitalizing is sure to be intrusive. But even with digitalizing, what software you pick shows your personality. For me, I like good music whether it's live or digitalized. As a creator, and as a listener, I feel that way. Actually, with digital music you can really intricately polish the sounds. That's because we're in this age. With Arashi, I feel like we're all children of this generation. We're alive in this time, and we're a group that's really blessed with the good points of this era. I can't reject the convenience of this generation.

The way you use "convenience" is something that shows your personality, and the mind is the most important.

The older people get, the more they become fixated on quality and start living luxuriously, and they become less flexible in their ways of thinking. But I don't want to distance myself from things that are convenient or new ways of doing things; I just want to see what they're about. If you don't, that's the end of it. But no matter what you experience, it's only the important things that will remain in your memory.

Except the more conveniences we have, the fewer people understand how to really use them, in my opinion. For example, tweets on the internet are like that. There are people who are happy to write about who they're having dinner with. It's not like I'm doing something bad, so it's not a problem for me, but you know. (smiling) I feel bad for person who created that site. The person who made that tool was most likely trying to imagine the future. "If people spill their thoughts here, there will be people that empathize and answer, and that will spread and someone will gain energy from it….." Possibly they imagined things like that while making it. But somewhere along the way, people became desperate for followers, and lots of people started using it in ways that weren't intended. What does having more followers get for you, though? Keeping the creator in mind, I think it was something created for people with a more mature mental age, and the more conveniences we have, the more you have to educate people how to use them properly or there's no point.

He says that when it comes down to it, it's not about "what" you use, only "how" you use it.

Otherwise, it doesn't matter how many conveniences the world has, I don't think anything would be convenient. So I think the truth is that no matter what era you're born into, and no matter what you use, "personality" will shine through.


★ I don't often respond to comments, since there are a lot, but I do read every single one. Feel free to discuss! And thank you for reading!
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★ Please do NOT re-translate this into other languages.
★ If you have any questions or corrections, feel free to comment or message. Not all the nuances get translated, so even though I can't presume to know Nino's mind, sometimes what he means by something is more easily understood in the Japanese than the English, and I can try to elaborate.
RetahdedTimretahdedtim on March 27th, 2011 02:25 am (UTC)
Thanks for translating! I wonder if Nino/the Japanese in general know that The Social Network is not what actually happened with Facebook?
Moriah: Arashi- Nino Scarf Cutenessall4cyanide on March 27th, 2011 02:26 am (UTC)
All I can think about now is how I want Nino to play twins sometime in the future. OH GEEZ. My brain is already starting to malfunction thinking about it.

I like what he said about thinking of the creator of such technologies like Twitter. It's amazing how a small idea can be blown up into more than it was intended to be and be useful to many. It's been like that throughout history tho and will continue to grow and change.

Thank you for your translation!
ruilian_thatsme: niniiruilian_thatsme on March 27th, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
Doumo arigatou gozaimasu!
hmm as i was reading, I also imagine listening to Kazunyan talk about this stuff, and whenever, I listen to his thought about various things, it makes me want to keep doing not my best but i want to do better in the field I chose. He may act like he doesn't care much but he actually thinks about things seriously and it also makes me wonder at times. ^_._^
slsfavanime: Nino oideslsfavanime on March 27th, 2011 02:53 am (UTC)
Thanks for the translation. Nino's last sentence really sum it all up. Personality will shine through all.
ohsyojdubohsyojdub on March 27th, 2011 03:08 am (UTC)
Thanks for continually translating Nino's More articles. :)
I find it refreshing from his usually bratty yet oh-so-witty answers. ^^
giantbunnygiantbunny on March 27th, 2011 03:21 am (UTC)
Thank you for translating!
nino_daisukimochiedragon on March 27th, 2011 03:34 am (UTC)
thank you for the translation.. :)
i love how he mention about twitter..
anyway, it was an interesting article to read..

thank you,again for sharing!
She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Namedcool1412 on March 27th, 2011 04:02 am (UTC)
Nino... I feel he was kinda slow. Lindsay Lohan played twins in the Parent Trap a gazillion years ago so that he's amazed by it now is amusing. XD

I don't really wanna see the Social Network but Sho-chan and Nino both saw it! But yeah... not gunna see it unless it's free.

The most interesting part of this interview was the last paragraph about Twitter. I never imagined that the creator made it for that reason. I don't think it was that deep, the reasoning. I think Twitter was made so you can just say what you're thinking and not feel guilty about spamming people, and say things that you're unable to say and enjoy with others... huh. I guess that wasn't an all too intricate paragraph then.

Thanks for sharing! XD I'm so critical with Nino XD Because his More column always makes it seem like he's so insightful, but I'm like... "Woooooow--ah, that's normal, actually XD"
ochatomiruku on March 27th, 2011 04:38 am (UTC)
I think in The Parent Trap they used green screens and collapsed two images together, whereas in The Social Network they seamlessly superimposed another person's face over another person's body. It's been done before I guess, but it really was not at all detectable in The Social Network. I was really impressed too :)
(no subject) - cool1412 on March 27th, 2011 05:21 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ochatomiruku on March 27th, 2011 05:33 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - aeslis on March 27th, 2011 05:12 am (UTC) (Expand)
スキッピー: nino wants to believeskippiey on March 27th, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)
I really like his thoughts on twitter, it's true.. people, especially some celebrities, are really in desperate need of followers.. it's a popularity contest, after all.

Anyway, thank you for translating :)
Rukia1314rukia1314 on March 27th, 2011 04:14 am (UTC)
hmmm I find it cool how Nino knows so much about twitter. I wonder if he secretly has one despite the fact that theyre not allowed to.... They probably do under another name ne?

thanks for sharing!
More articles are always interesting to read XD
boohaysagingboohaysaging on March 27th, 2011 04:32 am (UTC)
oooh! another interesting read :)

thanks for this!
captain_snen: gantz networkcaptain_snen on March 27th, 2011 04:37 am (UTC)
Thanks for the translation!

I wonder if Facebook will be more popular with Japanese people now that the movie is out there. I hope so - Mixi is a pain to get on...
ochatomiruku on March 27th, 2011 04:42 am (UTC)
Thank you! I enjoyed Nino's way of thinking, especially that part of thinking of the "creator." I know it's a translating thing and "creator" probably doesn't have the religious resonances in Japanese as it does in English, but I feel like it points to a certain mindset Japanese people tend to have. They internalize things really beautifully, instead of compartmentalizing things into categories like "religion" and "secular" like many other countries do. Hope that makes sense. Really liked this article.
The Glitter Kittenaeslis on March 27th, 2011 05:03 am (UTC)
Hmmmmmmm... well, so far as I know, "creator" isn't a way of referring to any god in Japanese. Since most of them aren't Christian/Catholic/Western-religious, they don't have the same ways to refer to gods. All I interpreted from Nino's use of 作り手 (builder, maker, etc.) was someone who invents/makes, like a musician or an author or someone who patents an idea. So, I didn't really get the sense that he was referencing any sort of religious ideas, though it's an interesting interpretation! Just wanted to clear that up in case my translation was vague, though.
(no subject) - ochatomiruku on March 27th, 2011 05:30 am (UTC) (Expand)
xanithofdragonsxanithofdragons on March 27th, 2011 04:55 am (UTC)
"it's not about "what" you use, only "how" you use it."

So many people forget about this, so it's so good to see someone actually saying it. People try to vilify new technology, but it's not the technology that's causing the problem, only the people using it who would've done it anyway through some other means.

Thank you for translating!
The Glitter Kittenaeslis on March 27th, 2011 05:18 am (UTC)
This this this so much. I often forget, myself, but it's really important to remember.
hello, hello: jun smileinscrupulaties on March 27th, 2011 05:22 am (UTC)
Thanks for the translation! I really do love Nino's 'More' columns and this is no exception.. though this was more straightforward and less aggressively deep than the other ones, it was still interesting as Nino always is. Also hearing that Nino watched The Social Network totally makes me more motivated to finally getting around to watching it.