Scholar Fear of Yamato-Picard Maneuver
In the future, you can’t sue a robot for sekuhara
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Tetsuo Najita (Culture and Technology in Postmodernism and Japan, 1989)… states that through translation of knowledge, from China and later from the West, ‘Japanese self-consciousness expressed itself with a primary reference to continuous “culture” and not to technological “work” – the latter, in the final analysis, being like Confucian knowledge attributable to the Other’. Forced to locate a ‘self’ between being and otherness, the Japanese have found their cultural selfhood in the dynamic formation of differences – the otherness they embrace is not the liminal Other but otherness embedded within the Japanese subject. Referring to Yukio Mishima’s essay ‘In Defense of Culture’ (文化防衛論 Bunka Boeiron, 1969) Najita further argues that the high-growth era of Japan in the 1960-70s left the question of ‘culture’ unanswered, and Mishima’s prophetic effort to separate culture from politics failed against the emerging high-consumerism…
…The decade observed an ironic integration of Japanese culture and technology never imagined by Nishida or Mishima…
…Frankly, scholars are overwhelmed by the accelerated production and consumption of anime and manga, and deeply anxious about not being able to “valorize the academic quality” of this overflowing culture taking its rise from Japan.
Technology and the Cultural Location of Japan, Kumiko Sato, Writing Technologies, Vol. 1.1 May 2007
See also :The Yamato-Picard Maneuver