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Auto-ethnography of my auto-ethnography

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Is that title confusing? Good, because so is conducting an auto-ethnographic study.

Looking at my previous post discussing my own auto-ethnographic study undertaken during the first few weeks through this subject, and comparing my statements to some key points in the Ellis et al. (2011) reading , I am able to understand that struggles and conclusions I’ve reached in my own Auto-Ethnographic experiences are similar to some that have been shared by other researchers past and present.

The first such parallel I noticed in my discussion about interacting with other classmates during the live-tweeting exercises. Similarly to this, Ellis et al. (2011) note “when we conduct and write research, we implicate others in our work”, thus leading to a collaborative process either by association or by intentional contributions.

A further parallel can be found in Ellis’ assertion that “Critics want to hold autoethnography accountable to criteria normally applied to traditional…

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My Autoethnographic experience

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BCM320 was a confronting subject for me. It interested me due to the technological advancements a lot of Asia hold over the western world, however having to essentially perform a study of myself and my own experiences isn’t something I’m particularly familiar with.

Because of this, the first few weeks of the subject were essentially a learning experience for me, discovering how to reflect on my own experiences and compare them to a culture being represented on screen through our live-tweeting experiences.

I was certainly no expert, but I did manage to find a way to compare experiences from my own life to those being shown on screen, and interact with my classmates through the hashtag during the live-tweeting exercises.

By the time our viewing switched to Akira, a film I had previously…

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Auto-ethnographic Viewing: Akira

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Our third screening for BCM320 saw us live-tweeting during a screening of revered Anime film Akira. I had seen this film once before but many years ago, and had little memory of it so was essentially viewing this with fresh eyes.

But before we get to that, let’s take a look at a more in-depth definition of autoethnography. As defined in the Ellis et al reading, “Autoethnography is an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyze (graphy) personal experience (auto) in order to understand cultural experience (ethno)” (ELLIS, 2004; HOLMAN JONES, 2005).

In terms of looking at this film under the microscope of authoethnography, I attempted to view the film in comparison to my own experiences and in line with Ellis et al’s (2011) methodology “When writing anautobiography, an author retroactively and selectively writes about past experiences.”

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An introduction to media ethnography

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My first BCM320 seminar introduced me to the topic of studying Asian media ethnographies, with this weeks focus being a live-tweeting experience with a viewing of Korean film The Host.

This was a difficult exercise for me, as watching a foreign-language film requires a lot of attention to read the subtitles whilst also taking in the action of the film, and I personally find it quite difficult to maintain an attention span for prolonged periods of time, specifically when there’s other modes of entertainment (eg. my laptop with twitter open).

That being said, I believe this viewing experience was valuable to my learning, although my live tweeting could use some improving.

I was able to note on Twitter regarding a similarity I noticed in the father-searching-for-daughter storyline, the same as in the film Taken, a movie which was my favourite when I was younger. It was interesting to note a…

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