Author: susiealdermann

Fourth Year Bachelor of Communications and Media/ Bachelor of International Studies (Dean's Scholar) student

Group Digital Artefact Submission

For our final group submission for this project, our team consisting of Alex Mastronardi, Sunny Commandeur and myself, Susie Alderman, has built a website to show the findings of our auto-ethnographic research. Here you will find background information surrounding urban farming and its application to Asian markets, data from a live-tweeting session conducted during the screening of Plant This Movie (2014), a youtube video made to depict our attempt at building a vertical garden, numerous related blog posts, additional supporting information as well as references. Please find the website here

Urban Farming; Part Two


When it comes to auto-ethnography and, in this case, its application to urban farming and food sustainability, Ellis et. al explain the importance of examining research from within one’s personal cultural framework. They argue that “auto-ethnographers… must use personal experience to illustrate facets of cultural experience, and, in so doing, make characteristics of a culture familiar for insiders and outsiders.”

My initial interest in urban farming stems from my work with Hidden Harvest, a local not for profit based in the Illawarra region which works a lot with reducing food waste. Whilst urban farming has not necessarily been a central focus of the work I have done with Hidden Harvest, the demographic of people and places who are associated with this topic has opened my eyes to the potential of this activity and it’s prevalent role in addressing food security. As Salim et. al. explain, “urban farming or urban…

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Planting the Seeds of Urban Farming


I’ve been at university for coming up to four years now, and
during that time one of my most profound realisations is just how much I hate
group work. I will admit, however, that this project we are about to embark on
is one which excites me greatly, and I’m looking forward to sharing it with

So far in the subject BCM320, or “Digital Asia” for those reading along outside the university echo-chamber, I’ve been looking a great deal into auto-ethnography, and ways in which to better understand a culture other than my own. This is done through learning the experiences of another culture as an outsider, or as Ellis et. al. (2011) describe it, “an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyze (graphy) personal experience (auto) in order to understand cultural experience (ethno)”.

Whilst contemplating a topic to explore for the remainder…

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Research and Realisations


as described by Anderson (2006), is a highly valuable mode of qualitative
research by which authors draw upon personal experience in order to comprehend
a greater cultural involvement. He defines the term “analytic auto-ethnography”
as referring to “ethnographic work
in which the researcher is (1) a full member in the research group or setting,
(2) visible as such a member in the researcher’s published texts, and (3)
committed to an analytic research agenda focused on improving theoretical
understandings of broader social phenomena” (Anderson, 2006).

Diversity is certainly characteristic of the world in which we live, and brings with it great importance and relevance to scholarly research. The broad range of experiences, backgrounds and proficiencies which different people possess is fundamental in constituting a diverse knowledge base and source of information upon which we form opinions about the world’s function. As Ellis et al elaborate, “different kinds of people possess…

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Lost in the Stars


It’s my first week back at Uni and I must confess, I’ve been thrown completely in the deep end. An emergency brain surgery last week has set me back a solid amount, but it was perhaps the live tweeting experience during the South Korean film State of Play (2013) that proved a greater challenge, as I entered a territory in which I’ve truly never subsisted before.

Growing up
in a very emblematic White, rural, Australian family; the domain of Asian
cinema could not be more foreign to me. Coupled with my true absence of
knowledge about anything gaming related, the screening from last week was
challenging to say the least. After four years in a digital media degree, this
was certainly not my first experience with live tweeting, but it was the first
time I did not actually participate in the online dialogue, instead watching
along in perplexity from behind…

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