Title
Wie is de ander? De representatie van Japan in het Nederlandse televisieprogramma **Wie is de mol**?Wie is de ander? De representatie van Japan in het Nederlandse televisieprogramma **Wie is de mol**?
Parallel title
Lost in representation? A discourse analysis of Japan and the Japanese in the Dutch television show 'Wie is de Mol?'
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Communication Sciences
Research group
Media, policy and culture
Publication type
article
Publication
Houten,
Subject
Mass communications
Source (journal)
Tijdschrift voor communicatiewetenschap. - Houten
Volume/pages
40(2012):3, p. 212-+
ISSN
1384-6930
ISI
000309097500002
Carrier
E
Target language
Dutch (dut)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
MARTIJN HUISMAN, STIJN JOYE & PIETER MAESEELE Lost in representation? A discourse analysis of Japan and the Japanese in the Dutch television show 'Wie is de Mol?' In 2010 the popular Dutch reality television show 'Wie is de Mol?' took ten Dutch celebrities to Japan. Applying discourse analysis, this article explores the representation of Japan and its culture as portrayed in the show. Building upon theories about Orientalism and cultural stereotypes, the study illustrates that the programme provides a fairly balanced and nuanced depiction of Japan. This is in part due to the nature of the programme, which mainly revolves around the candidates and uses the country as an 'interactive background'. However, the show does largely follow the Orientalist representational paradigm of depicting Japan, as the programme needs to provide images and narratives that are recognizable to Dutch viewers of whom most are not familiar with Japan. Stereotypes and cliches are therefore used, but often in innovative and playful ways. It is argued that popular television shows can influence and shape ideas and images of other countries.
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