The above image from TVXQ’s comeback music video, Catch Me, captivated my attention when the video was released back in October. Although at the time I was puzzled by the image, I was fascinated by the way the performers’ costuming and choreography resembled so closely the models of neurons that I had seen in my readings for one of my classes on learning theory. As I will show, the key to the puzzle was the music video for Humanoids, from the repackage of the TVXQ album. Here I will argue that we can use both music videos to explore some important questions about how our brains work within ourselves and in tandem with others.
Honestly, there are days when this fandom brings me down, and makes me question what we stand for and what it is that brings us together. There are days when the self-destruction of this fandom makes me cry. What happened to us?
But there are also days when I come to this fandom and I find love, acceptance, faith, trust. There are days when this fandom has helped me through difficult times, and those days number far more. Can this be fate that I have found my way here?
This fandom is not what it used to be. But we are still strong. Happy birthday, Cassiopeia. #7yearswithCassiopeia