Idols and Celebrity in Japanese Media Culture by Patrick W. Galbraith

By Patrick W. Galbraith

Spend even an afternoon in an important jap urban like Tokyo or Osaka and also you cannot forget about them: 'idols,' or industrially produced and promoted women and men who practice throughout media genres and systems. they seem in magazines and ads, practice on television and on level, recorded and stay. notwithstanding imperative to the workings and event of media in Japan, idols have regrettably had just a marginal position within the scholarship. This assortment deals the main entire and compelling account of 1 of the main attention-grabbing and least understood elements of eastern media tradition at the present time. It brings jointly a bunch of interdisciplinary students who interact the research of media, gender and famous person. delicate to historical past and the modern scene, essays conceal female and male idols, creation and intake, business buildings and fan activities.

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Hey! Hey! ” This data focuses primarily on music, which admittedly is only one slice of the Japanese entertainment business, but the three databases offer detailed information on which artists belong to which jimusho, which jimusho artists appear on TV most often, and which jimusho give their publishing rights to other jimusho—the primary way of discovering undisclosed keiretsu membership. General descriptions of the jimusho system While the industry structure of the Japanese entertainment culture closely resembles that of other equally sized markets in terms of media output (TV, music, film), the most fundamentally distinctive institutional variation is the degree to which jimusho hold power within the market system.

The captions (bottom) highlight the words and emotions for the television audience. than three years (Nikkei Entertainment 1999, 35–36). 22 Through the mass media, the awareness of a particular celebrity or idol permeates national consciousness until it collapses under the weight of its own self-referential reproduction. Very few celebrities have sustained long-term careers in the Japanese entertainment industry. The abundance of media commentary on other media within Japan creates a social context wherein much of the knowledge that informs the act of media interpretation has been predigested.

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