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Idols and Celebrity in Japanese Media Culture by Patrick W. Galbraith, Jason G. Karlin

By Patrick W. Galbraith, Jason G. Karlin

This quantity is masterful in treating eastern idol tradition with the seriousness it merits. Scholarly and astute, the essays therapeutic massage all of the edges of a phenomenon that's capitalism's megastar picture: idols valued for an air of mystery that trades among authenticity and the artifice of media/commodity construction. From scandal to spectacle, Johnny's to AKB48, the K-wave to digital video games, eastern idols breed interest-affective up to financial. This quantity fantastically captures the complexity with which jap idols were produced and ate up, enjoyed and spurned, in postwar (and now publish postwar) Japan.
--Anne Allison, Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke collage, united states, and writer of Millennial Monsters

Idols and famous person in jap Media tradition is going past the terrain of girl idols in addition to seriously reading fanatics and otaku. Alert to omnipresent consumerism, this quantity deftly navigates geographical regions of virtuality and delusion. Overseen via editors Galbraith and Karlin, the celebrity-fetish intersects right here with ideology and intimacy, advertisements and activism, sexuality and scandal. An informative and compelling tackle jap media culture.
--Matt Hills, Reader in Media and Cultural reviews at Cardiff college, united kingdom, and writer of Fan Cultures

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