Sample Essay Paper on American vs. Japanese Teenage Blogs

American vs. Japanese Teenage Blogs

The art of reading and writing removes the barrier between two individuals and makes one to express self. Whether the two belong to the same ethnic, racial, gender, class or even age group the gap will have been bridged. Many a times in order to communicate one to another; one may be forced to learn a language that seems to be widely used as a common medium of communication. Expressions in communication would vary from one group of people to another. For example young teens will have a different form of conversing as compared to the senior youth. Young adults will definitely communicate differently from senior grandparents. On the other hand an email language would be defriend from a tweet and a tweet would be different from a Facebook message (Festinger 271). Peer groups are the most suitable to consider in this subject. Reading and writing shape the opinion process in a peer groups with a distinctive peculiarity of the USA and Japan teens. Teenage Blogs in the United States of America and Japan vary in their design because of different cultural values in both countries.

The dynamism of a social group will contribute a lot to the way of perception, interrelation and lifestyle in general. In the wake of the globalization the whole wide world has turned to be a small village in the sense that, whatever is happing in the west easily influence the east and vice vasa (Miura 1455). A conference happening on the other side of the globe would be an inch away. Pamphlets, magazines, blogs, Facebook pages and so on are easily and quickly interchangeable across the races, regions and nationalities.  Though there are many similarities between the teens of the Americans and the Japanese, there is still a broad difference on how they express themselves, both in electronic and print media.

In both countries blogs are a very popular platform of interaction amongst the teenagers. The principles are in many ways common in both cases in that there is a hearty exchange of ideas and opinions of a people that share a sense of homogeneousness. Each of the teens’ blogs from both sides seems to write their hearts out. There is also a very conspicuous tone in the conversations of like to say “I understand you”, “you know what I mean” and such like affectionate expressions. The creation of Blogs as a whole has been a brilliant idea since inception. It has served to bring peoples of all calibers as a unifying platform where peers can share their views, ideologies, convictions and even their dreams. Over the times it has however metamorphosed in different quarters in different ways. The most common users of blogs are the teenagers as they address various issues that affect them.

The issues majorly affecting the teens range from dating and sex, physical development, premarital pregnancies and drugs just to mention but the tip of the iceberg. Rhetoric formulations of these teens are informed by these factors more often than not (Ibarra and Kitsuse 53).

Cultural differences

Japanese and American cultures vary greatly in entertainment, education system, values, traditions, rituals and religious believes. These differences are evident from childhood through the adulthood. Cultural differences are reflected in the creation of social sites and blogs whereby major values in the two countries are given priority in blog space. The clear cultural difference is that the Japanese confine their teens and choose professions for them, a sign of oppression as opposed to the liberal US teens (Derfner 523).

Similarities in the Blogs

            The USA teens’ blog and the Japanese one have distinctive similarities.  Both blogs pass emotional concern of how their parents view them in matters relating to their independence. On the matters of relationships, both seem to be so curious to be given attention by both parents and peers. Majority of the blogs are more inclined to the members of the opposite sex. Sex is the highly exchanged word which occupies a big space of the both sides. There seems to be the fear of the unknown tomorrow in these two blogs (Myers 19).

Differences in the blogs

Owing to the difference of their history and cultural differences, the discourses of these two racial blogs show an outstanding disparity. The American youth seem to exchange from a perceived superiority positioning whereas the Japanese teenager seems to reflect a defensive approach and innovation. Some of these traits came to manifest when Tomodachi, a U.S. – Japan youth exchange program held in Washington DC brought together counterparts from the two countries. This joint program reveals much to learn in expanse of diversities. The cross-cultural dialogue, service and social entrepreneur reflected clear differences (Wells 1).

The Tomodachi Blog

This is a blog where students from Japan interact on their stay in the United States of America. M.I is a Japanese teenager participating in the exchange of experiences on the American soil. The inclination of Japanese way of posting in this blog faces an expanse of thrilling expressions. The challenges range from social priorities to linguistic dilemma owing to the fact that, English is not his first language. To add on to this, the English that M.I somehow understands is the traditional classroom English as opposed to the “coded” teenage American English.  Unique experiences for M.I were enormous. The communications for instance of ones identity in this blog is clear of the differences in expression in that, the Japanese use initials for their both names for example, M.I, S.S, K.Y, on the hand American teens use only their first names  in this blog, for example Ryan, Sierra, Micah and so on. M.I’s posts in this blog show anxiety of familiarizing himself with the foreign peer groups. Rights and privileges were a puzzle to young M.I, The right of voting was a key interest in the sense that this is a way of feeling your political decisions are welcome (Derfner 523). M.I seeing and interacting with the peer groups in the USA made him to rethink his way of social approach as the mood of his participation in this blog seem to portray (M 1).

Mikes Ryukyu Gallery

Mikes Ryukyu Gallery is a blog featuring an American male who lives in the Ryukyu Island. His daily posts bring out the exciting sceneries and events such as wildlife, culture and natural sceneries among others. Definitely the tone of his posts reveals totally different experience than of his homeland, the New York. Some of the cultures and the history of Japan leave Mike beveled (Nicolas 1). The warlike atmosphere makes every Japanese teenager to have some gymnastic skills and self-defense posture. Having been the first country that suffered the atomic bomb attack in the entire world makes his peers have an undisclosed attitude. Terror for these people, the young American discovers that are not only from an anticipated intruder but also from natural catastrophes such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and the tsunami. Due to this prevailing back ground, teenagers’ “freedom” is actually slim as compared to the liberal American teenagers (Dower 2921). Mike finds it a challenge to express himself in the hyper kind of American teenage style.

Conclusion

In the present world reading and writing has gone a notch higher in terms of efficiency and convenience.  In the olden days it could not be imagined that, with a tap of the finger one would communicate in any corner of the world. The most amazing is that you would reach millions of people in thousands of miles away within a fraction of a minute. Blogs have come in, in the recent past as a game changer. People with a specific motivation would get in this umbrella, the blog. Blogs serve as a platform of expression, mobilization, sharing light moments or even passing important information that requires common attention. The issues that used to divide us in years passed are being rendered obsolete. Through very strong historical backgrounds, social disparities and cultural impediments there have been a change. The entry of the blogging age has helped a great deal. Though some teenagers us the platform for antisocial objectives, majority are benefiting especially teens with positive exchange program minds. In the view of this paper’s thesis statement ‘Teenage Blogs in United States of America and Japan vary in their design because of different cultural values in both countries.’ the situation is changing slowly by slowly for a unified global approach and language in this social media.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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