Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Quality and Quantity of Japanese TV News

Can there be such a thing as negative information? If American TV news commentary is "incomparably superior" to that in Japan, then the news here must actually be sucking information out of our heads. Journalism here is terrible, as you can see by looking at some of the articles in my Furl archive. There are some shining lights of informative journalism in the US, but for the most part it is commercialized drivel. Japanese journalism is the same, but with a dearth of qualified, real journalists.

The quality and quantity of information American TV viewers receive watching a one-hour news commentary program must be incomparably superior to what their Japanese counterparts get watching a broadcast of similar length. Hisahiko Okazaki, foremr ambassador and currently research fellow at the Yomirui Research Institute, slamming the quality of Japanese news and commentary programs, which he says churn out gibberish. (Yomiuri Shimbun)

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