Depressing Autoethnography


The concept behind this piece is to analyse the effectiveness of creating a more authentic auto ethnographic environment using depressants such as alcohol to induce a “Flow” state. The experiment was, as a whole, a success. Breaking down social barriers helped everyone involved give more authentic reactions to the stimulus.

All three subjects were well versed in auto ethnographic concepts and methods, which helped in creating a more analytical video. However the introduction of alcohol in tot he equation, though instrumental to the research, pushed the spectrum of auto ethnography closer to an un-acedemic “Reaction Video”.

If I was to re-attempt the experiment, I would add a mediator to assist in the academic self-analysis of our reactions as opposed to acting purely on free will. a more structured environment, paired with the “liberation” of the depressant would greatly increase the quality of the auto-ethnographic study.


House. (1977). [film] Japan: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi.

ELLIS, Carolyn; ADAMS, Tony E.; BOCHNER, Arthur P.. Autoethnography: An Overview. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, [S.l.], v. 12, n. 1, nov. 2010. ISSN 1438-5627. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 26 oct. 2016.

Traveling The Stars: Action Bronson & Friends Watch Ancient Aliens. (2016). [film] Viceland: Arian Asllani.

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