Hayao Miyazaki is no fan of modern technology. And he hates the iPad.
In the July issue of Studio Ghibli's monthly magazine, Nippu ("The Burning Wind"), Miyazaki lets loose in one of his trademark curmudgeony rants against modern technology, and especially Apple's iPad. "For me, there is no feeling of admiration or excitement whatsoever. It's disgusting. On trains, the number of those people doing that strange masturbation-like gesture is multiplying."
Miyazaki, of course, is no lover of modern technology, and this deep ambivalence is a common theme in his directoral work dating back to Future Boy Conan. He almost takes joy in raging against the machine, creating with pencil and paper. New recruits to Studio Ghibli are famously told to sacrifice their laptops, their cell phones - removed from the grid completely, as they hone their artistic craft.
Here is the link to the Japanese blog which broke the story. If anyone could help with translating the text (Google Translator is out of its league), I'd be able to post Miyazaki's remarks here. As always, thanks for all the help.
(Note: I bleached out a word from Miyazaki's comments regarding the iPad. While I'm certainly no fan of censorship, I'd like to keep Ghibli Blog a family-friendly website. If you want, you can highlight the text...and, then, ya know....faint from the shock, or something.)