Friday, 11 September 2009
Journalism and powers
(photo) one of the oldest temples in Japan, in Kohyasan, Wakayama prefecture
At last the condition of a change of administration has been established in Japan. Many people, especially young people, have wished the day for a long time. Generally speaking, I think, the journalism often plays an important role in changing a government in advanced societies. But the newspapers in Japan have not had the ability to criticize drastically the powers yet, including political power, economical powers, and religious power. I've discussed this problem with a journalist and I've found that the Japanese own delivering system affects the journalism, that delivers a newspaper to each subscriber every morning and evening. Newspapers don't have to compete with each other at stands about their information vales and analysis abilities because the system ensure the stability of their managements. The ruling party, many businesses, and religious groups consider newspapers are one of the most effective advertisement media that they may inject big money into. Newspaper companies also consider the money to be essential to run. And they want to maintain and enlarge the system so that they come to conform to the majority of the readers. In this context, newspaper cannot criticize powers thoroughly. I think the role of newspapers is very important for the mature of democracy. How far can the cyberdemocracy deal with the issue?