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V LIVE: Contextual Essay (Final)

Lydia's ☽ Lens

This is the final segment of my auto-ethnographic study of V LIVE. You can access the first two parts of this study here: Part 1 and Part 2.

Digital Artefact 

For this project I created a Digital Artefact (DA) in the form of a Google Slides presentation which you can access here.

When I was presented with the opportunity to create a digital artefact for the final assessment of #BCM320 Digital Asia, I knew I wanted to do something which would fulfil me with a greater understanding about the Korean entertainment industry. I have always been invested in celebrity culture and the media in the United States, but it was not until recently that popular culture and entertainment industries in Asia began to intrigue me. Over the last 12 months I have become increasingly more exposed to K-Pop (Korean Pop Music) which has led me to an…

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Autoethnographic Experience: South Korean Live Streaming Service – ‘V Live’ (Part 2)

Lydia's ☽ Lens

In the previous blog post, which you can read here, I explored the popular, South Korean live streaming platform: V Live. I discovered what the application is used for, by whom, and overall, what a platform like it means for Korean media and fan culture both locally and internationally.  This is part two, where I will analyse and narrate my own personal experience, and to therefore understand and reflect on the experience of using a South Korean, social media app for the first time.

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As I explained in part one, due to being primarily invested in western media growing up, I was not exposed to social media applications and platforms that were prevailing overseas. Overall, I was largely unaware of media and popular culture outside of the US, UK, and Australia. It was not until my friends and I were introduced to the BLACKPINK ‘DDU-DU DDU-DU‘ music video, that we were…

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Autoethnographic Experience: South Korean Live Streaming Service – ‘V Live’ (Part 1)

Lydia's ☽ Lens

Social-media-e1503574644788-1260x840Like the majority of young people, I am an active user of social networking sites. I use a variety of different applications, both for my personal life and for my degree at University. Some of the social media applications that I use are inclusive of, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Snapchat. I have also used many others which have sparked popularity throughout the years such as, Tumblr, Pinterest, and the most recent online craze, TikTok.

Growing up in Australia, these ‘social media giants’ are the extent to what I have been exposed to, but over the past year I have began noticing popular applications used overseas. Due to my own, newfound interest in the music genre; K-Pop (Korean Pop music), one of the applications I have become aware of is the South Korean owned, live streaming site, V LIVE

V LIVE is an online live streaming service for South Korean…

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Akira (1988): An Autoethnographic Reflection

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Japanese animation and the entirety of the medium is something that I am not overly familiar with, so when I heard that we would be watching Akira (1988) in class, I was excited. Growing up between England and Australia, the media that I consumed was overly ‘western,’ and only came out of Hollywood. It was only during Japanese language class in High School that I watched my first anime, Spirited Away (2001). I remember feeling as though it was different to anything I had ever watched before, and the foreignness of the elements of Japanese culture in the film, intrigued me.

Since then, I have had very little further interaction with anime or media from Japan at all. Only occasionally watching films and series’ recommended from family members and friends who avidly engage with the medium. So whilst watching the film, I was already coming in with a perspective and…

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Week 1 Screening: The Host #BCM320

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The film begins at Seoul’s Han River; a setting I am no stranger to, being an avid watcher of Korean films and television. The Host is a 2006 film, directed by Bong Joon-ho. Described as an action, drama, and horror film, all in one, I knew I was in for a ride. Even though, I am well acquainted with reading subtitles and understand a bit of the Korean dialogue happening onscreen, the challenge of live-tweeting at the same time was undeniably difficult. Nevertheless, I began trying my best to adapt to this new kind of media consumption juggling act.

Growing up between both the United Kingdom and Australia, I was exposed to very little Asian media. It was only as I entered University and moved from the small town I grew up in, I began being exposed to media from cultures all over the world. As my friends and I…

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