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Elizabeth Rodwell

 Graduate Student  
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Email: erodwell@rice.edu

 My dissertation project is about the comparative struggles of idealistic experts within two categories of televisual entertainment in Tokyo - mass television broadcast, and independent (video-based) media activism– and their efforts to re-engage young audiences.

These two groups, whose approaches can be defined as "open and closed information systems" locate failure differently in the contemporary television industry; independent media focus on the conceptual, cultural and ethical inadequacies of the medium, while the industry itself largely foregrounds the technological as a site of potential improvement (social and interactive television development).