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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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