Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Whatcha lookin' at?

Seriously, what are you looking at?

I have been perplexed by the Prime Minister and his wandering gaze. From the below article in the Tokyo Shimbun, it seems I am not alone:

見つめる首相  視線の先は国民?選挙?  




So let's see here. On the advice of his super genius media master, he is looking straight at the camera for the first month of his administration.

That weirds people out, especially the members of the press, who expect him to look at them when they are asking him questions. So the PM gives up on the staring into the camera bit and starts facing the person talking to him.

Then, just before the big overseas visits in April, he starts talking to the camera again.

In order to craft an image of strength and decisiveness.


1 comment:

Jun Okumura said...

You know what I would do if I were one of those TV camerapersons? I would move one way, then the other, and keep repeating this, very slowly at first, then progressively faster, and see what the prime minister does.

I guess that's why I'm not a cameraman, and monkeys can't be domesticated.