Author: grace.quinton

I am currently studying in my second year of an Arts/ Communication and Media degree. So far it has proven to be a good degree and the freedom in blogging assignments is really encouraging.

Keeping in ‘Toon’ with Digital Asia- Final Auto-Ethnographic project.

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It is safe to say I came into this semester of BCM 320- Digital Asia with my eyes closed, but I am emerging with them, as I mentioned in my first blog, extremely open to the vast array of media goodness coming out of Digital Asia and I couldn’t be happier about it. Auto-Ethnographic research methods are to thank for this as they have allowed me to, aligned with Anderson’s (2006, pg. 378) five key features;

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Now on to my digital artefact. I have chosen to present my research in the form of an Auto-Ethnographic video (link below) taking inspiration from Denzin (2003) and being “a public intellectual who produces and engages in meaningful cultural criticism”(pg. 259). While I have not so much provided cultural criticism, I have most definitely attempted to create a useful cultural commentary on Webtoon content.

I have discovered that in Australia, Webtoon’s are considered…

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Keeping in Toon With Digital Asia- Blog 2

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Let’s talk about Webtoons. In light of the fact that one of my subjects this year introduced me to Webtoons, it is only fitting that I pass on some of the knowledge I learned about them from said subject (BCM 322- Global Media Interventions). On the surface Webtoons look just like a comic which they most definitely are; however that is not all, Webtoons are a creative innovation in the new digital economy we find ourselves in, they are a remarkable new form of media ecosystem transferring Asian culture and creating new media cultures throughout the world both online and offline (UOW, 2018).

Founder JunKoo Kim launched in 2005 the South Korean webtoon portal Naver, LINE Webtoon as a response to many comic publishers shutting down in the late ’90s and early 2000s, after an economic collapse in Korea. He was looking for a way to both…

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Keeping in ‘Toon’ with Digital Asia.

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Over the past five weeks we have been exploring the topic of Digital Asia, and while I say this lightly, it is not a simple task. Digital Asia is a comprehensive term referring to the vast array of media goodness which has originated and spread out of Asian countries and Asian culture. As I am relatively new to the Asian media scope, I have experienced a multitude of epiphanies, feeling like ‘is there anything I do know about Asia!?’

So let’s start from the beginning, Asia refers to the eastern part of the Eurasian sub-continent with Europe making up the western (National Geographic, 2018). The geographical continent Asia was created by the ancient Greeks and the term ‘Asians’ was created by Europeans in an attempt to seperate from the basis of identity and cultural differences, the term went on to be propagated by European geographers, politicians, and writers throughout…

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State of Play (2013) enabling real autoethnographic research

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When approaching the term research, people may often turn away with thoughts of excessive writing, numbers and data analysis. Admittedly this was how I first thought of research, along with thoughts such as dull, boring, repetitive and long reports. I was enlightened to discover this does not have to be the case with all research, and even more fascinated to find out that the investigative learning and discovering I have been taking part in through BCM 320 Digital Asia is in itself a form of research.

Researching with the aim of understanding cultural experiences is an exciting way to do research, this introduces the process of Autoethnography, which is described by Ellis as the understanding of cultural experiences through an individual’s personal perspective or lived experience (2011). By using the principles of autobiography and ethnography, you are able to research autoethnographically enabling your research to be politically correct, socially- just…

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Gojira 1954- A Cultural Experience

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The first BCM320 class for Spring session brought with it a new topic and therefore a new range of experiences to be had. We were introduced to not just the physical geographical land mass that is Asia but also to the concept of ‘Asia’ as a cultural product or phenomenon and ‘Asia’ as producers of new and exciting ranges multimedia, which we can study and learn more about within a digital realm.

Upon considering the subject title Digital Asia my mind went straight to thoughts of Anime and the TV dating show If You Are The One, this would be because I don’t have any other particular relationship with Asian media, so in light of this am going to treat this semester as a crash course in all things Digital Asia and will attempt to channel this into my posts and required tasks.

Anime Worldwide Anime Characters.

If you are the one-2 A Popular Chinese…

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