This week we learnt about Auto-ethnography, which is an approach which uses a researcher’s personal experience to describe and critique cultural beliefs, practices, and experiences. Ellis states that “scholars began recognising that different kinds of people possess different assumptions about the world”. This is such a true statement as people who come from different cultures, upbringing’s, and environments could watch the same film but take out of it completely different things. This is due to their experiences, perhaps with a similar situation or they are completely unaware of it being prevalent in society. This makes for an interesting viewing and interpretation, especially when live- tweeting as not only can you send a tweet out, but others can comment and continue the string of conversation.

Although I didn’t attend this week’s seminar, I had a personal viewing of this week’s content, Akira (1988). I went through a lot of the tweets…

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I wasn’t sure what to expect when going into my first class. I was not expecting to watch a black and white film that’s for sure. Going back to Year 12 we were made to watch Metropolis which was a black and white silent German film based on a utopia vs the overpopulated dystopia of the underworld of mistreated workers. This film had incredible heart and drew the watcher into the confessions of love that were shown throughout, with incredible sceneries to capture the essence of the film.fritz lang metropolis GIFfritz lang metropolis GIF

When we were told that we were going to be watching Godzilla I was a bit confused as all I knew about it was that it was a large dinosaur looking creature that just destroyed the city. My first depiction of him was when he was in Rugrats and he was destroying the city after he ate some cereal.

However, I was…

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BCM320 – Sita Sings the Blues (2008)

Eliza Appel

This weeks topic was globalisation (a topic I’m fairly familiar with) and the screening an animation I’d never heard of! Globalisation is far from a new concept to me, and as far as we discussed it in class, I definitely am of the middle ground in terms of my opinion of it. I know that is inevitable and that it will bring both positive and negative connotations, but it is something we will just have to adapt to as a society. Globalisation brings the world closer in every way imaginable, although we may not live in a foreign country, many of its resources are accessible in one way or another, particular through the exponential mediation of the world.

Sita Sings the Blues (2008) from director Nina Paley. The Indian mythic tale of the Ramayana is explored in a humorous but quite informative discussion with three shadow puppets as well as…

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Akira Things

Headfirst into UOW

When I was in year 7, I began learning Japanese. It was the only language my school offered at the time and before I got to year 8 the Japanese teacher had left so the subject was placed on hiatus for a little while. The only things I really remember are how to introduce myself – ‘watashi no namae wa Taylor desu‘ (‘My name is Taylor’), and that ‘ninjin‘ means ‘carrot.’

Consequently, the only other anime feature film I had ever seen before watching Akira (1988) this week in class was Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away(2001). Spirited Away is a fairly light-hearted and somewhat comical fantasy where the main character, Chihiro, must free herself and her parents from being stuck in the spirit world after her parents are turned into pigs. The animation is bright and full of colour and the orchestral score gives off dreamy vibes…

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State of Play (2013) enabling real autoethnographic research

Grace's blog-spot

When approaching the term research, people may often turn away with thoughts of excessive writing, numbers and data analysis. Admittedly this was how I first thought of research, along with thoughts such as dull, boring, repetitive and long reports. I was enlightened to discover this does not have to be the case with all research, and even more fascinated to find out that the investigative learning and discovering I have been taking part in through BCM 320 Digital Asia is in itself a form of research.

Researching with the aim of understanding cultural experiences is an exciting way to do research, this introduces the process of Autoethnography, which is described by Ellis as the understanding of cultural experiences through an individual’s personal perspective or lived experience (2011). By using the principles of autobiography and ethnography, you are able to research autoethnographically enabling your research to be politically correct, socially- just…

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Now I will proceed to attempt dissecting the shit out of my ‘Akira’ viewing experience


If I was to describe my relationship with anime as if it were a person, anime and I would be acquaintances, the type of acquaintance you have due to a mutual friend and every once in a while you may cross paths, say hello and make small talk about the weather. Anime has not been on the radar for me in terms of the pop culture I generally choose to interact with, I have had brief encounters with the genre such as dressing up as one of the Sailor Moon characters to a party in high school, and having watched the film Spirited Away (2001) thanks to my younger sisters persuasion. Both interactions with anime I enjoyed, especially watching the anime film, I found the animation beautiful and the storyline pleasantly unsuspecting. I appreciated that the story was suited for enjoyment by both children and adults, my sister is much younger than myself and she…

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State of Play (2013), play huh?


I am a latecomer to BCM320, my first class being in week 2, and my reasons, unfortunately, are not as exotic as recently returning from the classic euro trip many embark on as a right of passage of being a student in their early teens, angsty to escape and party after 13 weeks of tedious “study”. After I caught myself up with what the course of the semester looked like in BCM320, I am pleased to have chosen this subject to close my studies in global communications. I am curious to study a culture I have a personal interest in; my family have welcomed exchange students from Japan, Thailand and the Philippines to board at our home for the duration of their stay in Australia. The time they spent with us allowed deeper insight into cultures I had little knowledge of first hand, and I thoroughly enjoyed comparing factors such…

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Liam Prince


Throughout the Digital Asia subject, we are required to live tweet during a film each week for 6 weeks. The first film we are watching is the original drama filled science fiction film Gojira from 1954 which is the first film in the Godzilla franchise. I have not previously seen a Godzilla film although I’m pretty sure its easy to get the drift. Maintaining the Kaiju style of film, a giant monster comes in and messes shit up… usually attacking major cities and then there is a big battle to defeat the big bit of trouble.

I quite enjoy the use of tweeting during films because It allows the class to collectively discuss the film with multiple forms of media. This week was a difficult week to tweet and watch the film at the same time. Not only was the film in a different language, the English subtitles were…

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AKIRA 3/10

Liam Prince

This week wasn’t my favourites week… Im normally all for films that make you think.

Yet this film contained many hidden messages that you have to search for. When you tried so hard to find the ‘hidden messages’ in the film you miss out on the structure of the film. The film is a dark, gritty anime, with no detail spared that should make up a great film and set a high standard of animation with its advancement in technology … yet, these certain characteristics do not combine to create a great film.

I have to be honest, anime is not my favorite genre of film, and I probably don’t appreciate it as much as a live movie although, I do wish that western society appreciate the creation of animated films more. Because I struggled to watch and enjoy the film, my tweets were more comedic then they were influential…

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Auto-ethnography and Akira- a new experience

em koletti


During this week’s live tweeting we watched the Japanese animation film Akira (1988). This film explores themes in association to war, government corruption, experimentation and loss of humanity, much like our previous screening of Gojira. The last few weeks my understanding of Asian culture through films has increased and has made me understand their culture a lot more than I did initially. The concept of auto-ethnography; an approach to research and writing which combines autobiography with ethnography, (using personal experience to understand a cultural experience) is further looked at this week. During the screening of Akira, I wrote notes, live tweeted and engaged with this new experience.

The film was made in 1988 but I would have assumed it was more recent as the plot, the characters, their personalities and the themes are still relevant today. “After twenty-five years, Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira still inspires awe.” Akira educates Westerners as it provides us…

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