By Jayson Makoto Chun
This booklet deals 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 jap 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 id of postwar Japan throughout the period of high-speed progress (1955-1973) that observed Japan reworked into an financial strength and one of many world's best exporters of tv programming.
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Dialect differences, government taboos on openly talking about surrender and a lack of visual cues that TV would’ve provided made it difficult to transmit information to people nationwide. In this sense, radio by 1945 had not created a truly national culture that could unite Japanese in a moment of simultaneity. Postwar television owed much to the prewar legacies of radio, one of the first carriers of the postwar mass culture. The prewar and wartime years saw this broadcast medium become an established part of Japanese life, so when television made its debut in 1953, most Japanese had already been exposed to the paradigms of broadcasting.
Empire as the source of values for society, the historical legacy of the empire still continued to shape much of the postwar debate on Japanese culture. In other words, in the years following the war, Occupation authorities undertook the formal dismantling of the empire, and yet allowed important pillars of the Japanese empire to remain in place. This confusing social and cultural upheaval continued well into the 1950s, the time in which television broadcasting made its Japanese debut. The physical devastation of war and sufferings of the people shattered the prewar imperial consensus.
TV helped play a valuable role in healing these cultural differences by contributing to the spread a new national ideology that most Japanese could embrace, one based on consumerism and the image of a new “middle-class” consumerist Japanese family. To understand this development, we need to scrutinize the development of commercial media culture in postwar Japan. Postwar Media Culture and Japanese Encounters with TV 41 POSTWAR URBANIZATION AND CONSUMER CULTURE The spread of a mass popular culture in the postwar era helped conceal the differences that threatened the unity of the Japanese nation-state.
'A Nation of a Hundred Million Idiots'?: A Social History of Japanese Television, 1953-1973 (East Asia: History, Politics, Sociology, Culture) by Jayson Makoto Chun