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A Nation of a Hundred Million Idiots?: A Social History of Japanese Television, 1953 - 1973 (East Asia: History, Politics, Sociology and Culture)

By Jayson Makoto Chun

This publication deals a heritage of eastern 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 in addition the japanese social and political panorama. in the course of the early years of tv, eastern of all backgrounds, from politicians to moms, debated the results on society. the general public discourse surrounding the expansion of tv published its position in forming the identification of postwar Japan through the period of high-speed development (1955-1973) that observed Japan remodeled into an fiscal energy and one of many world's most sensible exporters of tv programming.

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The Homeless flow in Tokyo, 1994–2002 Miki Hasegawa “A state of 100 Million Idiots”? A Social background of jap tv, 1953–1973 Jayson Makoto Chun “A country of 100 Million Idiots”? A Social heritage of eastern tv, 1953–1973 Jayson Makoto Chun Routledge big apple & London Routledge Taylor & Francis team 270 Madison street ny, long island 10016 Routledge Taylor & Francis team 2 Park sq. Milton Park, Abingdon Oxon OX14 4RN © 2007 through Taylor & Francis staff, LLC Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis workforce, an Informa enterprise This version released within the Taylor & Francis e-Library, 2007.

Even if, motherhood turned the dominant picture of jap womanhood within the postwar, although just a couple of elite ladies may perhaps find the money for to be full-time moms. 24 television, as one of many new customer home equipment akin to vacuum cleaners and washers that supposedly eased a wife’s burden of loved ones chores, performed a huge position in reinforcing the housewife perfect. The Sunday Mainichi mentioned in a December 7, 1958 article that city middle-class housewives have been the various heaviest clients of tv (an typical of 3 hours an afternoon in 1958).

The measure of visible stimulation equals the audience’s curiosity in gazing. whilst the broadcasters simply pursue sensationalism with out considering caliber, they pander to the people’s so much vulgar pursuits. If this development maintains, then they have to make the measure of pleasure more and more more desirable, after which humans becomes thick-headed (dull) throughout the general instances whilst there is not any pleasure. that's what you name “becoming an fool. ”15 in line with the Yomiuri Shimbun, Ōya Sōichi made his recognized quote of “turning right into a a hundred million idiots” within the night version of the Tokyo Shimbun on January 27, 1957, writing that “television may even turn out attempting to stimulate man’s meanest pursuits” if it persisted to chase after robust photos.

Whilst, simply because media tradition needs to paintings with shoppers, it needs to cater to their wishes, hence developing the potential of an alternative cultural area. five we will see this exchange cultural house at paintings in Japan as early because the Nineteen Twenties within the significant metropolitan sector of Osaka. Multitudes of eastern have been mesmerized by way of the films and jazz of the for-profit electric-lit entertainment park surroundings of the Shinsekai (New global) district. but, Jeffrey Hanes issues out that instead of being a monolithic mass tradition, this buyer tradition mirrored a mosaic of segmented subcultures, all a part of a very assorted consumption-oriented city type.

Daniel Pope, who supplied me with much-needed suggestions and counsel within the coaching of this manuscript. i'd additionally wish to thank Dr. Arif Dirlik, Dr. Takashi Fujitani, Dr. Alan Stavitsky, and Dr. Naoko Shibusawa for his or her helpful feedback. furthermore, thank you are as a result of Professor Yoshimi Shunya, who supplied me with super priceless assistance with jap media heritage in the course of my learn for this e-book. the employees at Tokyo University’s Interdisciplinary info reports Library additionally gave me beneficial tips in monitoring down magazines of their documents.

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