Along with the development of the internet and technology devices, more individuals have been enabled to spread information. The information available in society is enormous and diverse, but there is a limit to the amount of information one can digest.
WHY: Because today’s media can be overwhelming, this is the time to refine our media literacy
In order to close the gap, services that deliver the most preferred information for individuals have been invented. Although these services are said to be highly convenient, problems such as filter bubble have arisen at the same time. A filter bubble is created when the gathering of information is biased by a desire for only certain information.
To resolve this issue and support people living in the modern information world, Media Sapuri was born. The media aims to become people’s ‘supplements’—helping facilitate media literacy that captures information proactively.
HOW: Practical media literacy explained by manga
First, we feature the theme of politics which is integral to determining the course of democratic society. Though we are now entering the Reiwa period and the media environment has changed drastically over time, the political discussion has often remained stuck in the Showa era.
In other words, Japanese political discussion spaces have been largely composed of and defined by a few large, legacy newspaper companies with entrenched political positions: Yomiuri and Sankei as conservative, Asahi and Mainichi as liberal, and Nikkei, emphasizing on economics, somewhere in between. These companies retain and assign journalists to cover political stories from a perspective reflecting their inherent biases.
That is why we offer content that helps our readers develop increased media literacy and savvy by offering comparative readings of these five main newspapers. We share the information which can be difficult to understand, in manga style, enabling the readers to understand with clarity and ease.
WHAT: What is Media Sapuri?
The front pages of newspapers and editorials express the companies’ doctrines more than anything. Because of this, Media Sapuri observes these fixed-points daily and features the article titles and links. We help readers access essential knowledge by explaining news vocabulary based on this featured content. For controversial topics, the site compiles news outlines and summarizes each publication’s position in our sections called “Comparative Readings” and “Organizing Points.”
Additionally, “Media in Reality” explains what goes on in the actual media workplaces where broadcast stories for newspaper, television, and web media are produced. This content is typically based on interviews with media insiders. Furthermore, during national elections, Media Sapuri summarizes arguments and positions of newspapers and political parties on controversial topics and provides a testing service which helps identify users’ interests and opinions.