Author: paddyrosshimself

Pokémon: An Ethnographic Study

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Most adults our age probably grew up watching Pokémon most mornings before school. Talking from experience at least, Pokémon was a big part of our childhoods. Declan was really into the games especially, and his friends and him were super into Pokémon cards too. He had no idea how to actually battle, but he liked collecting and trading them with people at school. Alike this, I remember watching the television show in the early mornings with my older brother, and playing the video games on my classic Gameboy Advance (and later in high school on my Gameboy Advance emulator during class but ssssh). Pokémon’s incredible multimedia appeal means that it was able to become almost completely omnipresent, as far as we can remember; we have little memory of Pokémon being a ‘Japanese presence’ in our lives or in the lives of our friends. We don’t think most kids were aware…

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Indian Rap: The Method Behind the Experience

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“Subjectivity guides everything from the choice of topic studied, to working conceptualisations, to selecting methodologies, and interpreting data.” (Pitard 2017)

The focus of autoethnography is to create a personal experience with the culture of my choice, and through this research, as Pitard suggests, I will sub-consciously and consciously integrate my own perceptions and ideals into the research as to create a personalised experience. Thus, the methodologies in which I will present my findings will hold as much importance as conducting the research. Firstly, I will create my own my own Spotify playlist which I will curate to include rappers and rap songs that I either enjoyed or I found to hold themes of protest in response to inequalities that the Indian communities experience in their day-to-day lives. Creating my own Spotify playlist and not using one that is already created will encourage me to fully immerse myself in the Indian…

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Indian Rap: An Autoethnographic Study

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The focus of my study and autoethnographies in general, stated by Alsop, is to “[shift] one’s notion of center and periphery and coping with the complexity of multiple centers with multiple peripheries”. In other words, Alsop is suggesting that the central purpose of conducting an autoethnography is to, firstly, understand that your own perception of the world and your culture is not the only perception and culture in the world, then secondly, to experience the different perceptions and cultures with an open mind.

These words were helpful for me to determine what I wanted to research and what culture I wanted to immerse myself in and it made me think about the themes of American rap, especially from African-American artists, which focus heavily on political and racial inequalities. In the below video, 2Pac views rap music as a form of protest in order to spark or encourage change.


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The Autoethnography and Akira

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Autoethnography, compared to other research practices, relies on, and encourages, “subjectivity, emotionality, and the researcher’s influence on research” as to provide an individualistic approach and view on a different culture to their own (Ellis et al. 2011). Through conducting an autoethnography, the research and the results are seen to be equally as important as the experience and the ability to view a culture through the eyes of your own different upbringing provides valuable insight into the differences and similarities of cultures. During the live tweeting screenings this session, we have been conducting our own small autoethnographies as majority of the class use twitter in order to compare our own pop culture references with the challenging content.

As above, I mentioned in week one that, in order for us to…

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Me, Myself and Japanese Culture

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In the Beginning


I wish it was that exciting but sadly it really really isn’t. Both my parents come from the deep south of Victoria and I am the youngest of five children… so I have seen and experienced things that no one should ever witness. I guess you could say I’m as Australian as the Kerrigan family, I just love the serenity. It wasn’t until Dragon Ball Z and Pokemon infiltrated our all-Aussie home that I was introduced to Japanese culture, but that was soon to be just the beginning to this lil boy’s cultural journey.

I remember the first time I saw a subtitled movie and it was Passion of the Christ which my dear mother showed me quite prematurely but she said; “if you want to celebrate Easter you darn well better know why”. So there I was, about twelve-years-old, watching the most brutal movie I had…

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