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German poet and media theorist Hans Magnus Enzensberger visited Japan in 1973. Highlighting way this visit operated as an often contentious site of interdisciplinary encounter between artists and media critics, the chapter uses Enzensberger’s visit to Japan as a vantage point from which to examine how networks of media theory operate along transnational axes. It offers an account of the attempt to salvage and defend the model of the ideological critique within media theory at a moment when the depoliticization of the public sphere in Japan loomed on the horizon. In so doing, it reopens the question of the nation as well as sheds light on an increasing preoccupation of intellectuals and writers of the time: the growing prominence of the cultural industries, the shifts occurring within the cultural industries, and the transformation of political society under their influence.

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