Providing an overview of Japanese media theory from the 1910s to the present, this volume introduces English-language readers to Japan's rich body of theoretical and conceptual work on media for the first time, challenging media theory's Eurocentric formation and perspective and redefining its location and practice.
Providing an overview of Japanese media theory from the 1910s to the present, this volume introduces English-language readers to Japan's rich body of theoretical and conceptual work on media for the first time. The essays address a wide range of topics, including the work of foundational Japanese thinkers; Japanese theories of mediation and the philosophy of media; the connections between early Japanese television and consumer culture; and architecture's intersection with communications theory. Tracing the theoretical frameworks and paradigms that stem from Japan's media ecology, the contributors decenter Eurocentric media theory and demonstrate the value of the Japanese context to reassessing the parameters and definition of media theory itself. Taken together, these interdisciplinary essays expand media theory to encompass philosophy, feminist critique, literary theory, marketing discourse, and art; provide a counterbalance to the persisting universalist impulse of media studies; and emphasize the need to consider media theory situationally. Contributors. Yuriko Furuhata, Aaron Gerow, Mark Hansen, Marilyn Ivy, Takeshi Kadobayashi, Keisuke Kitano, Akihiro Kitada, Thomas Looser, Anne McKnight, Ryoko Misono, Akira Mizuta Lippit, Miryam Sas, Fabian Schafer, Marc Steinberg, Tomiko Yoda, Alexander Zahlten
Table of contents:
Acknowledgments ix Preface / Akira Mizuta Lippit xi Introduction / Marc Steinberg and Alexander Zahlten 1 Part I. Communication Technologies 1. From Film to Television: Early Theories of Television in Japan / Aaron Gerow 33 2. Architecture as Atmospheric Media: Tange Lab and Cybernetics / Yuriko Furuhata 52 3. The Media Theory and Media Strategy of Azuma Hiroki, 1997-2003 / Takeshi Kadobayashi 80 4. The InterCommunication Project: Theorizing Media in Japan's Last Decades / Marilyn Ivy 101 Part II. Practical Theory 5. McLuhan as Prescription Drug: Actionable Theory and Advertising Industries / Marc Steinberg 131 6. The Culture Industries and Media Theory in Japan / Miryam Sas 151 7. Girlscape: The Marketing of Mediatic Ambience in Japan / Tomiko Yoda 173 8. 1980s Nyu Aca : (Non)Media Theory as Romantic Performance / Alexander Zahlten 200 9. Critical Media Imagination: Nancy Seki's TV Criticism and the Media Space of the 1980s and 1990s / Ryoki Misono 221 10. At the Source (Code): Obscenity and Modularity in Rokudenashiko's Media Activism / Anne McKnight 250 Part III. Mediation and Media Theory 11. An Assault on Meaning : On Nakai Masakazu's Concept of Mediation / Akihiro Kitada 285 12. Much Ado about Nothing : The Kyoto School as Media Philosophy / Fabian Schafer 305 13. Kobayashi Hideo and the Question of Media / Keisuke Kitano 328 14. Media, Mediation, and Crisis: A History-and the Case for Media Studies as (Postcultural) Anthropology / Tom Looser 347 Afterword. The Disjunctive Kernel of Japanese Media Theory / Mark N. B. Hansen 368 Bibliography 389 Contributors 413 Index 417
Marc Steinberg is Associate Professor of Film Studies at Concordia University and the author of Anime's Media Mix: Franchising Toys and Characters in Japan. Alexander Zahlten is Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University.