Good-bye, cosplay; it’s been fun. Also, it’s been nice knowing you, gaming mods, investigative journalism, open-source, privacy, electronic security, freedom of speech, technological innovation, and rational thought! Au revoir, mes amis!
The Internet is a diverse ecosystem of private and public stakeholders. By excluding a large sector of communities—like security researchers, artists, libraries, and user rights groups—trade negotiators skewed the priorities of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) towards major tech companies and copyright industries that have a strong interest in maintaining and expanding their monopolies of digital services and content.
Source: How the TPP Will Affect You and Your Digital Rights | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Luke Plunkett at Kotaku interviews Nobuyuki Takahashi, the Japanese designer that coined the term.
Various terms were floating around. ‘We had heard the English word “costume” and seen events with names like “Costume Show”, “Kasou Show”, “Hero Play” and whanot,’ says Takahashi. In Japanese, English and other foreign words are often combined and/or shortened, for brevity’s sake. For example, the Japanese for ‘remote control’ – rimooto kontorooru – is shortened to rimokon. ‘So we started to think of different combinations,’ Takahashi says. ‘Finally, we came up with “cosplay”.’ The term was a portmanteau of ‘costume’ and ‘play’. It was perfect.