Author: iamlizzief

Bachelor of Communications and Media at UOW. Hummus addict and coffee enthusiast.

Akira & Autoethnography

Elizabeth Farley

Akira (1998) is a film that I would not usually go out of my way to watch. Whilst I still do not believe that I would watch it again, I can’t deny that it was a great film. While it is a futuristic film, it isn’t one that focusses on crazy technology or flying cars; it touches on topics such as unethical practices and corruption.

The further I looked into the film, I found that it has had a lot of influences of media now. An article by Daily Beast speaks of how Akira had a huge influence on the making and themes of Strangers Things. It was also very interesting to find that Kanye is also ‘obsessed’ with Akira and it’s themes, so much so that he has said that it is his “biggest creative inspiration”.

Another thing that I found interesting during the film and throughout live-tweeting…

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The First Film in Tweets.

Elizabeth Farley

Another semester has begun, this is my second semester of live-tweeting and it started with a screening of The Host (2006).

Coming from a Caucasian background, I found so many cultural differences between the characters and myself, my upbringing and my family construct. In the beginning I found it hard to connect with characters the way I usually do in western films. This lead to a big interest in what was happening in the film, trying to understand and empathise with the characters and especially, the way the family interact.

A main aspect of live-tweeting I struggle with is that of composing meaningful and informative tweets and engaging in conversation. It felt as though the engagement on more serious tweets was much much lower, if not, non-existent. This is why for a lot of the film, I engaged in a serious of memes, starting with Super Hero and Simpsons…

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