Steve- Having just been in Japan for the first time a month ago, I must say that I was most surprised by the deepness and gentleness of the repressive culture, but also of how people are able to justify the codes to themselves.
This could just be a product of the language, as anything with any certainty spoken could get your head cut off in the old days, but I found it interesting how they have absorbed Western culture and not absorbed it at all at the same time. As far as any openness for vlogging and such, I ran into young creative Japanese while I was there who were as you say, more interested in their immediate shadow then broadcasting themselves to the world. But what I also found was a curiosity for new kinds of experiences as well, and curiosity for culture and enriching themselves in their own culture. This means to me that especially the young Japanese are open to see new things, but not necessarily interested in some kind of narcissism or need to share their perspective with the world. The Japanese filmmakers that I met there were more interested in just being a cog in the structure, rather than being strident, but my experience was limited. Though I must say that the most impressive people I met there were some Japanese and Chinese visual artists who are creating their own style that is different and totally distinct. I don't know, maybe it's just a matter of time, but I think that young Japanese are very open to viewing vlogs and such. I don't know if there is such a thing as an "international universal style" but maybe there doesn't have to be. As you know, Japan is all about niche. Just look at a news stand. -Sean On 22 Dec 2006 11:27:30 +0900, [EMAIL PROTECTED] <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > > > > > > Here in Japan most people feel no desire to immortalize themselves > outside of their small circle. Maybe it's a vestige of Buddhist fatalism. > > Take my wife (please!): she has leadership qualities that I feel > acutely (ouch!), but no desire to further her agenda as a politician > or public figure. She's camera shy despite having been gorgeous. > > I asked my students in Computer Communication class about my assumptions > that liberalizing education in the past decade or so would have led to > students more thinking for themselves (or just less studying), which > in Maslovian reasoning would spawn more desire for self-expression > (unless there were a cultural inhibition), then through current > technologies > a flowering of blogging and so forth on the open Web. But the students > only confirmed the cultural inhibition. They mentioned repercussions of > standing out, such as jealousies or resentments that could be aroused. > One said self-expression could hurt others, sort of confusing it with > frankness or openness (which is alien to Japanese culture), when > I was thinking more of creative self-expression. You also see in > social networking with the huge poularity of Mixi that it is clubby, > requiring an invitation, and not on the searchable open Web but > accessible (with a choice of protocols) only to fellow members. > Obviously nothing will work unless it makes sense to the culture > of that country or region. MySpace and their ilk, take heed. > > My view is that the technology is changing so fast that much content > of our lives will only be of historical interest. Future people will > be enraptured by more fully sensual experiences as predicted by > Aldous Huxley where the distinction between virtual and real > all but loses its meaning. > > And yet, at the cutting edge, each creative action sets the future > off on a trajectory, as all the past is alive in us, through us. > > Collegially, (Prof.) Steve McCarty > President (1998-2007), World Association for Online Education (WAOE) > Online library -> http://www.waoe.org/steve/epublist.html > Spoken library -> Japancasting: http://stevemc.blogmatrix.com > Nascent video blog -> http://japancasting.blip.tv > > -- Artsmash [EMAIL PROTECTED] http://www.artsmash.com skype : sunoxen