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This chapter extracts a theory of media out of the unique body of critical work of the popular media figure, TV critic, and eraser-stamp artist Nancy Seki. An enormously prolific author writing about TV at exactly the moment its primacy in the media ecology of Japan began to wane, Nancy Seki developed a complex reservoir of self-reflexive tactics that included artistic practices as well as a sharp humor. The late Seki enacted a media theory that made heavy use of the tools of popular culture itself: critical text, an “eraser print” illustration of a TV celebrity’s face based on a...

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