598 Onegai.


I had similar conversations with a few other comic making folk about ads the other day, that was started because an objectionable one appeared at the top of some of our pages. For the record, I don’t control the content of those ads directly, but that’s as may be. Here’s my take on objectionable ads: if an ad appears on my site that I don’t agree with, or fans don’t, I actually think it’s a good thing. The internet is set up such that a person can spend hours and hours on it and never see an opposing viewpoint. I should hope that if you see an ad for something that pisses you off you might actually take action and do something about it. And I don’t mean complaining to the operator of the site. Actually research the organization and do something to help the counterorganization that surely must exist. Getting an ad pulled from a site does very little to actually stop activity. All it does is alert the group in question to the fact that the audience isn’t receptive to its message. They advertise elsewhere, and then the legislation, or what have you, doesn’t get opposed, because the opposition isn’t even aware of it. If and ad appears to stop President Obama from doing some random thing, for example, it’s actually a victory on two counts. I get paid to show content to a crowd that, by and large, should move to stop that content. Essentially they are paying to alert they enemy to their plans, and that pleases me.

And now a note about the page title. Most of what little Japanese I know comes from watching anime with subtitles, so I learn it the way a baby learns. As far as I can tell onegai means, roughly, “please, I beg you”. I expect there’s more to it than that because, as far as I can tell, Japanese is a very vague language compared to English. So there is bound to be layers of meaning behind the word that I’m unaware of. If you are knowledgeable about the subject I welcome you to expound on it. I will ad your knowledge to my own and be better for it.