Connor McKechnie

To preface this post and my stance I had already seen the movie, Akira (1988) and loved it. But seeing the extreme violence for the second time was interesting because I got to witness others reactions (via Twitter) more closely knowing every shock and awe moment ahead of time. This allowed the auto-ethnographical practice a little easier as I could focus more on replying and reading tweets live. 

Ellis describes Autoethnography as an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyse personal experience in order to understand the cultural experience. (Ellis et, al. (2011). In Summary, recording what I saw and tell you here with detailed insights. 

Practicing Autoethnography whilst watching Akira meant that I could read informative tweets which, gave insights into other viewers thoughts and opinions. These curated a live and connected/hive mind understanding at specifically memorable moments within the film. This is crucial…

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  1. Connor, an excellent read! Thankyou for sharing your reflexive take on the second time you had seen this film. I have to agree with you that it was very interesting viewing the film through the lens of so many of our peers on twitter, as distracting as it can be. Interpreting other peoples reactions is a good means to understand your own in comparison and sometimes in contrast. I also appreciate that you also look back at your tweets to reflect on your reactions, as it is a good platform for not just vocalising but organising your thoughts.

    Seeing as its the second time you had seen the film, do you feel you have a higher level of understanding now, or did you see it with the same depth the first time around? I feel as if many of us wouldnt have looked at the film in that much detail given a different context. Have you thought about your favourability towards Japanese culture when watching for leisure and when watching for analysis? Curious to hear how it may differ for you.

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    1. Absolutely seeing it the second time around was more engaging for myself, I knew who people were and I was able to grasp more concepts, themes, and references that I definitely missed the first time. Ever since analysing movies and texts in high school English I have been adaptive to viewing movies in an analytical fashion compared to a more leisurely viewing, it really comes down to paying attention. Finding an easter egg or subtle theme throughout is always something I look for no matter why I am watching a movie.


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