Author: mrl780

B Communication & Media Studies - Student @ UOW - 20 yo - Sydney, Australia

Researcher is Researched


By analysing my previous blog post discussing my own autoethnographic study undertaken during the opening weeks of this semester, and comparing my  own evaluations and comments to the various key points in the Ellis et al. (2011) reading, It definitely makes it easier to understand the obstacles and the struggles of undertaking my own autethnographic research were also experienced similarly  by other researchers both from the past and in the present.

The Ellis et al. (2011) reading is quoted as saying that “when we conduct and write research, we implicate others in our work””, this is a perfect example of using the live-tweeting in our autoethnographic research and studies. The live-tweeting was a collaborative process in which we all curated our own content and research and shared it among one another.

Through the reading I also noticed that people wish to hold autoethnography to a criteria that is normally used…

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My Autoethnographic Experience


In BCM320, the main focus has been exploring autoethnographic ideas and experiences, of both others and our own, throughout the semester. However, it has definitely been a challenging task to perform a study of myself and my own experiences, as it is something I am not overly familiar with doing often.

Initially this subject was somewhat of a ‘culture shock’ as well as a ‘kick in the back-side’, figuratively speaking of course, as we had to quickly learn and understand what was required of you to complete this subject. Through our live-tweeting experiences, we had to compare our own live-tweeting sessions of the culture portrayed in the movies with our own experiences. This was not an easy activity to undertake. However, as no one in the class appeared to be an expert, even I managed to produce some work, including the interactive live tweets on the hashtag.

After watching ‘Akira’…

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Live-Tweeting ‘The Host’ (2006)


This semester, I have committed to another session of live-tweeting and first up in week one of BCM320 Digital Asia, is the 2006 South Korean film ‘The Host’.

Having already experienced live-tweeting in previous semesters at UOW, the only thing new to me was the content we were live-tweeting about. Understandably, Asian movies are not big among people of the western community, so it has been quite different for myself, and also others to watch. Having to focus on any movie while live-tweeting and addressing its content can be challenging, so trying to achieve this for movies that are predominantly in an Asian language and involve the use of subtitles has definitely added to the challenge, however has also added to the enjoyment of the overall class activity.

Having a very limited knowledge of Asian culture made it very interesting to address and analyse this movie. Having to rely on…

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Live Tweeting ‘Akira’ (1988)


For this weeks blog post, I will be addressing the assigned reading Ellis et all (2011) on auto ethnography, as well as addressing the class viewing  and Japanese animated cyberpunk film ‘Akira’.

AUTO – personal experience

ETHNO – understanding cultural experiences

GRAPHY – describe and systematically analyse

Above is how simply they’ve described the meaning of the term ‘auto ethnography’ in the reading’. However from my own understanding is that it is the study of ones self reflection and personal experience for qualitative research purposes.

Having never watched a great amount of anime previously before viewing this film, nor having a great understanding for the type of movie that ‘Akira’ was, it was most certainly an interesting task to live-tweet this week. The themes present throughout the film resonated with me. Although the main character Tetsuo was not related to his peers, his friends stuck by him even though his…

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