Author: annaxmei

Autoethnography: Investigating Godzilla (1954)

(Apologies for late posting, forgot to publish)

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I’m coming into terms with the challenging nature yet importance of conducting a Autoethnographic study. Its difficult in the sense that since high school we’ve been taught to remove as much subjectivity as possible, to avoid bias and to always avoid using first person. Yet, text can never be free from the author’s views and contextual background.  Its important to consider how as researchers, we developed this  hypothesis, methodology, initial interest and whether there is any possible conflicting interests. There’s a whole other side that we emit and only through auto-ethnography can we generate this expansion of reflection and clarification.

Revisiting my initial thoughts on Godzilla(1954). I want to focus on two key self-observations: 1. Interest in its production 2. Annoyance at female character portrayal

I grew up at a time when special effects generated by computers were normal. Almost anything imaginable could/would be able to be rendered through digital drawings…

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Autoethnography: Exploration via Godzilla (1954)

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Both the  introduction of the term “Autoethnography” and the weekly chosen text of Honda’s “Godzilla”(1954)  was startling at first. Autoethnography, was simply an unfamiliar term. My initial concern with Godzilla (1954) could be considered as somewhat superficial based on past lack of interest with older films. I find it more difficult to emotionally connect with older film’s settings, characters and digital quality, enjoying colour and visual scenes in contemporary films. Unfamiliarity of Godzilla could also be extended to a major difference in culture between being a Chinese-Australian to 1954s Japan. However, I think these initial concerns were an unnecessary over-reaction because thankfully, I did enjoy the film and have become more understanding of the term “Autoethnography” after the reading “Autoethnography: An Overview“(Ellis, Adams, Bochner, 2011)  as well as attending DIGC330: Digital Asia Seminars.

Where Ethnography seeks to explore cultural phenomena and the processes of life by its practitioners…

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