Author: samnoakes

Bachelor of Communications and Media Studies student from Wollongong, Australia

Japanese Horror: Ringu [DA]

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Links to the stories on Storify for a group digital artefact experiencing a Japanese horror film for the first time and live tweeting or experience. Declan and myself then examined horror as a genre and drawing on points of its origins. This helped further our understanding of digital Asia and Storify as a platform.

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Name and Verb Associates to Drone: Asian Context

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This post is intended to be a field journal type writing which I’ll refer to later in my auto ethnographic response

Name and verb associates

Japaneseドローン – growl, groan, roar, snarl, moan, drone

Chinese 無人駕駛飛機 – hiss, neigh, hissing, fizzing, buzz, drone

Korean – 무인 비행기

mu-in bihaeng-gi – buzz and buzz, hum, boom

Indonesian – dengung -rumble, thunder, propaganda

Production – consumption – representation


  • fears and anxieties perhaps explained in the way the expression drone is culturally constructed with an unknown element and a restricted control sector for particular countries.

Eg. China. Individuals can say and do what they like as long as it doesn’t get aimed or directly affect their government. in terms of drone piloting, their area and dense population restricts the Consumption as opposed to somewhere like Australia with vast open landscape and geographic capabilities. However, in china the drones aren’t, so far, affecting…

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Chinese Introduce Drone Exportation Regulation

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Perhaps a consideration and a point to come back to this week is how do Asian countries and cultures express the word ‘drone’ or ‘quadcopter’. The idea of something in aerospace could have negative connotations in terms of surveillance and control. The Chinese media is heavily mediated and with my own experiences in previous subjects, I’ve learnt how social media platforms have been completely outlawed and replaced by another from the government.

This led me into thinking about Asian anxieties and perhaps the link between technological advancement with drones. Currently I’ve been using a Parrot A.R drone to record footage of agricultural landscapes and using its surveillance potential to the benefit of farmers. This is done with little human activity around and next to no obstacles to be of concern. In these conditions the use of aerospace isn’t fearful to citizens, however I believe in a place such as China…

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The Responsible ‘Pilot’

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Last week I purchased a Parrot A.R Drone 2.0 to fly and video various elements of agriculture and examine the way it can improve productivity and investigate the all-round usefulness of the technology for farmers. This prompted speculation and curiosity into Drone, quadcopter, RPA (remotely piloted aircraft) or UAVs (Un-manned aerial vehicles) policy and regulation in the Asian Pacific region, and develop an expertise to conduct a project that aims to advocate responsible drone flying using countries in Asia as examples. I got my own basic pamphlet within the box detailing the rules here in Australia to which I’d like to contrast with that in Asian countries and then explore why this could be the case.  Current Australian Regulation according to UAV international looks like this:

General Australian Drone Laws:

  • You may NOT fly your drone closer than 30 meters to vehicles, boats or buildings that are on private property…

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Mechanical and Cyborg Enhancements: GITS

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Auto ethnography according to Carolyn Ellis, Tony E. Adams & Arthur P. Bochner is an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyse (graphy) personal experience (auto) in order to understand cultural experience (ethno). It requires inspiration from text, digital media or communication technology, subculture, industry or practice that allows an epiphany into a new direction of critical thinking or research. This particular methodology allows a personal thought processes that allow the individual to make sense of something and in my own reflection, The Ghost in the Shell was a starting point to uncover some underlying themes and patterns of existential thought into humanity and machines.  By using auto ethnography, we “realize that stories are complex, constitutive, meaningful phenomena that teach morals and ethics, introduce unique ways of thinking and feeling, and help people make sense of themselves and others”.

Understanding a unique and new culture is almost impossible…

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What does it mean to be Human? Further Ghost in the Shell Analysis

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Ghost in the Shell, 1995

Perhaps it’s the fear of the unknown or simply an unanswerable question, but it’s one that seems to bug philosophers and those chasing existential views of, “what is it to be human”. The Ghost in the Shell anime movie introduces a world post World War III set in Japan where humans are inextricably linked to the machine world, and have become a society, accepting them and referring to them as equal. The futuristic world of the film, incorporates the cyborg in a female depicted character Major Motoko Kusanagi, thus “Throughout its 80-minute runtime, Kusanagi finds herself — or perhaps, itself — facing a somewhat existential identity crisis, one that is inevitable in a world where it is possible to manipulate an organism’s memories, to rewrite their personal history.” (Japan Subculture, 2011)

The film explores mechanical and cyborg enhancements on humans with full artificial…

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Auto-ethnographic response; Ghost in the Shell

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Following “The Ghost in the Shell” some interesting trains of thought were provoked and provided initiation for deeper research. From viewing this film, I’ve discussed the point on how the film leads me to believe this was a human vs. machine type world in a complex path toward human enhancement. Thus, I’ll be exploring the idea of how humans are inevitably going to be immersed in a majority mechanical and technological world, undecided, for good or bad.

The film challenges a lot of themes such as gender roles and asking “what is it to be human”, but with technology forever improving the likelihood of things including Artificial Intelligence is very real and something I want to focus on. Stephen Hawking has recently released his views on the topic claiming, “I think the development of full artificial intelligence [AI] could spell the end of the human race.”

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Anime: Ghost in the Shell

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I had my first Anime viewing in my Digital Asia class today, and it was nothing I could have prepared for. I don’t exactly know what it was I was expecting, but initially my engagement with this genre was new and difficult. I often found myself trying to skip dialogue to work out what the characters were, and therefore missing points in the storyline. It’s nothing against the genre of anime, I think just my lack of exposure to its conventions made me have to really focus in the first 10-15 minutes. This being said, for a “cartoon” feeling film I found myself deeply engaged in the sound detail, perhaps slightly left field of what I should have been paying attention to, but still something I found a respect for.

As the film progressed I did eventually pick up on a storyline that I stuck with throughout. Within this, i…

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