For the final paper, I am thinking working on Vocaloid Hatsune Miku. Miku is a computer voice synthesizer and a virtual singer. But she has live concerts of her own and people go crazy for her. I am thinking about looking at from the theoretical lens of posthumanism. Namely, how does it challenges humanity when we have a computer signer receiving all the worship we had for our old idols– the ultimate Romantic legacy of individualist expressions? Also, I will be using the semiotic method and look at the phenomenon from the cultural context of the idiosyncratic Japanese Anime culture.
This is a brand new project for me. Do people have any suggestion, resource, idea to share with me? Any idea is welcome!