Who says I didn't? Oh, that's right: you. Thanks for that showing of respect.Sakunyuusha,
if you had stopped to think
The fact is, his words are crystal clear: and your defense of him is a bent-over-backwards apologetic interpretation of what he said! You are treating his words like they're of Ovid or Horace! Words rich in wisdom, words in need of meticulous scrutiny! When in fact they're just normal words from a filmmaker whose works, while entertaining, aren't exactly worthy of your typical college seminar outside of "Storytelling through Animation".
Let's listen to the man himself one more time, shall we?
You see? He's fed up with "it." "It," apparently, being people doing things on the subway rather than daydreaming or twiddling their thumbs while traveling from A to B. "It" being people having items in their hands instead of thin air.I’m sure in short time there will be an increase in people on trains making those strange masturbatory strokes. It was the same when everyone started reading manga on trains, and when it became cellphones – I’m fed up with it.
If he had said, "It would be nice if people paused and took the time to just live in the moment, instead of living for the next moment," then that'd be fine. But he didn't say that. Instead, he went on a batty old man tirade against technology. His comparing the use of an iTouch with onanism was going way out on a limb -- and a disturbing one at that! Thanks, Miyazaki! -- and lest we forget:
You can spend the next half hour trying to put a spin on these words of his, but I don't need to. I don't need to because they're right there, clear as crystal. Miyazaki was both condescending and incorrect in speaking these words. He was way out of line. The end.[The interviewer was] describing how he thought the iPad a good tool for research [when Miyazaki quipped] "You go out into the world without enriching your imagination."
If you want to bow to him out of deference for his unfathomable wisdom, then that's your prerogative. I wouldn't. I may like some of his movies, but that doesn't mean I have to pretend that everything that comes out of his mouth is on par with Socrates or Hume.