'A Nation of a Hundred Million Idiots': A Social History of by Jayson Makoto Chun


By Jayson Makoto Chun

This ebook bargains a heritage of jap tv audiences and the preferred media tradition that tv helped to spawn. In a relatively brief interval, the tv helped to reconstruct not just postwar eastern pop culture, but additionally the japanese social and political panorama. throughout the early years of tv, eastern of all backgrounds, from politicians to moms, debated the consequences on society. the general public discourse surrounding the expansion of tv printed its position in forming the id of postwar Japan through the period of high-speed progress (1955-1973) that observed Japan reworked into an financial energy and one of many world's best exporters of tv programming.

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The consumers, while they have the power to interpret the meaning of this media culture, often find their worldviews shaped by the media producers. This media culture also has a strong influence on the social system. On one hand, media culture gets people to identify with the values of the dominant group and helps to establish the hegemony of specific political 20 “A Nation of a Hundred Million Idiots”? 5 We can see this alternate cultural space at work in Japan as early as the 1920s in the major metropolitan area of Osaka.

Of course, as with any new technology, governments quickly grasped the battlefield potential of television. 38 In 1939, perhaps with an eye towards justifying to the government the need to continue research on television during wartime, Takayanagi described the military applications of this new technology: Also, in a land war, from above in the airplanes, the condition of artillery sites and scattered enemy armies can be reported by the minute to military headquarters. Information that once had to be transmitted by 32 “A Nation of a Hundred Million Idiots”?

13 We should not overestimate the effectiveness of these early radio events. Only 3% of households at the time of the funeral owned a radio, still a new technology. Because radio was still a new and expensive medium out of financial reach of most Japanese, institutions such as radio shops and newspaper companies allowed others to listen to their high-powered receivers14 Because the audience always had the power to interpret radio messages, we do not have a completely clear picture of the diversity of responses to the broadcasts of the emperor’s enthronement.

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