"In modern Japanese slang, an otaku refers to an overly obsessive fan of any one particular theme, topic, or hobby. Perhaps the most common uses are anime otaku (one who sometimes enjoys many days of excessive anime watching with no rest) and manga otaku (a fan of Japanese comic books). The term otaku used by itself just means 'fanatic'." - Wikipedia
A crouching tiger, and a hidden prank; politics, fiction, fictionalizing politics; pretentious nom de plume included.
Books, movies, music, modern-day consumables and their values - according to me, you and us. A guide less comprehensive, less compendious: old, new, fresh, dated.
"Simply put, they were textfiles of any sort, written to explain in detail an important new computer discovery, a great new concept, or an old piece of knowledge that needed to be passed on. It included stories, poems, songs, ramblings, and long treatises on theories that the writer couldn't possibly have known. They were full of bravado, of half-truths, of promises, and occasionally, of brilliance that shines to this day. Here's where the true heart of the 80s BBSes beat for me; and it is my belief, to this day, where you'll find it yourself." - Textfiles.com