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BCM320 – Sita Sings the Blues (2008)

Eliza Appel

This weeks topic was globalisation (a topic I’m fairly familiar with) and the screening an animation I’d never heard of! Globalisation is far from a new concept to me, and as far as we discussed it in class, I definitely am of the middle ground in terms of my opinion of it. I know that is inevitable and that it will bring both positive and negative connotations, but it is something we will just have to adapt to as a society. Globalisation brings the world closer in every way imaginable, although we may not live in a foreign country, many of its resources are accessible in one way or another, particular through the exponential mediation of the world.

Sita Sings the Blues (2008) from director Nina Paley. The Indian mythic tale of the Ramayana is explored in a humorous but quite informative discussion with three shadow puppets as well as…

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BCM320 – Autoethnography and Akira

Eliza Appel

This week we took a closer look at how to distinguish autoethnography in its variations as well as took a look and live tweeted the 1988 classic anime film Akira. 

“When researchers do autoethnography, they retrospectively and selectively write about epiphanies that stem from, or are made possible by, being part of a culture and/or by possessing a particular cultural identity”

-Ellis, C., Adams, T.E., and Bochner, A.P. (2011) ‘Autoethnography: An Overview‘-

From this weeks reading the most profound element I found within was the importance of the epiphany. This moment of realisation that is like opening a door into a whole new world. That level of understanding, of experiencing something, and then making sense of it in your own experience is an interesting viewpoint in terms of research. Autoethnography, stemming from autobiography and ethnography has already placed itself in some middle ground between an analytical and…

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BCM320 – Gojira (1954) – Response

Eliza Appel

Our first week back for the semester and a classic pop culture phenomenon to get us started! I have no personal experience with the Gojira (or Godzilla) franchise. I’d not seen any of the films, any adaptations or representations, however the icon and the story was well known to me. The power of pop culture!

Gojira (1954) directed by Ishirō Honda is a science fiction cult classic from Japan. The original version in all its black and white, subtitled version! Live tweeting is always a struggle with films you haven’t seen before as you are often trying to grasp the main elements of what you are watching whilst also being involved in the online discussion! I always prefer a subtitled version of a foreign show or film however, even if some things can be lost in the translation. I believe it seems more natural and more authentic as a viewer…

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