Bonjourno, (just quickly, you should read this before you continue on here) Set the task of exploring a facet of a culture previously not experienced, I opened up to a type of research that prompts the researchers vulnerabilities (Ellis et al. 2011, 14.1.18) and cultural frameworks to gather insights typically unattainable. My field site being cosplay and its anime adaptions, I quickly realised that by immersing myself into the experience I felt vulnerable and certainly out of my comfort zone.…

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Ola mi amigos, time for another autoethnography project! Utilising autoethnography as an approach to research can reveal qualitative insights into areas that may go amiss with traditional research methodologies, made evident by the hundreds of BCM students to pass before me. I can particularly see how the process assists many in Digital Asia, encouraging students to view Asia as ‘another’ rather than ‘other’ through immersing themselves into the culture or point of interest. This week, we were tasked with selecting…

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This week in BCM320 we were right on to the next viewing for Digital Asia; ’88 famed anime, Akira. First, bring yourself up to speed on the film that arguably brought Japanese culture to the West; a story that follows the destruction of Neo-Tokyo at the hands of a warfare between teenage motorbike rebels and a group of kids with telekinetic powers. Set in 2019, the parallels between what was predicted from a post-cold-war produced film and how the world looks…

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This one is definitely one I never thought I’d be writing. Let me set the scene for you: I am on the floor of a dingy little motel in Ipswich, Queensland. Why am I on the floor you ask? The charger to my laptop doesn’t reach the supplied workspace and to my surprise, the turtle-paced internet provided by the institution hosts a better connection down here. Welcome to my wild Saturday night in. I was called last minute to head to…

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You’re probably wondering what you’re doing here? Never fear, I thought the same when I stumbled upon this topic several weeks ago. It still baffles me to this day. Undertaking Nicola Evans’ BCM312 class this semester, Emerging Issues in Media and Communication, I was faced with a research task and the freedom to find a topic I was interested in. I never expected the inspiration to strike from my twenty-something housemates and friends. You see, I had been moderately aware…

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