process or product? ¿por qué no los todos?

Autoethnography as described by Ellis as a method of both process and product.

Process; It employs principles of both autobiography and ethnography to form a work based on hindsight and personal experience.

Product; It can make a text aesthetic and evocative by using techniques which bring “readers into the scene” (Ellis, 2004, p.142), as well as illustrating new perspectives

In layman’s terms autoethnography uses personal experience to better understand cultural experience and texts using this process should create a product that is able stimulate memories and past experiences.


Now that that’s out of the way, lets apply this method to Akira.

Analysing this work in relation to autoethnography is likely to be relatively different to my peers
I have seen the film a number of times, and as a huge fan of Japanese art and entertainment my past experience of Japanese film is slightly different.

Most locations and settings are different from each other, this work even more so. With its post-apocalyptic timeframe however maintaining the cityscape; Akira creates an interesting world where construction and deconstruction exists simultaneously.

I have seen films, which employ themes of a post-apocalyptic world however very few show fully functions mechanisms of the past.
Akira’s dystopian world still contains many aspects and values firmly embedded our world today.
I noticed a few similarities in their;

  • Bureaucracy; what seemed to be politicians, bickering over policies, funding and overall control over the city
  • Skyscrapers; still just as tall, still impeccably maintained
  • Education; not that the characters seem to realise the value
  • Transport; expensive toys to get you from A to B, and also facilitate your spiral into crime

I found it easy to identify with this world, as it appears to be a direct projection into the future. The reference of WWIII, which caused the chaos, and the remnants of a large city accessible today, pulls the film into the audiences reality.

Even the year it is set strikes close to home, the opening credits show the year as 2019 along with the extent of the obliteration to the city.
Although this film is science fiction it strikes some accurate blows to the issues our societies are already facing and may face some time soon.

I feel like the accuracy of this film is what simultaneously thrills and freights me. I posted a tweet about how the credits send give me chills every time I watch Akira, yet it was only after analyzing it did I realized I will always get chills when I watch it, hoping this masterpiece does not become a foreshadow as many science fiction novels have before it

*cough cough*


Ellis, C., Adams, T.E., and Bochner, A.P. (2011) ‘Autoethnography: An Overview‘, Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 12:1



Reflection BCM111


Shall we take a look into my mind and pick out the incredibly large bits and pieces that make up BCM111

The globalisation of our world and the countries, cultures, religions and people that make it up is a tricky subject.
The village that is frequently spoken of is the community of countries and cultures sharing ideas and thoughts to each other without and impact of their location, or rather their location has no impact on their sharing.

Sharing is caring. However in this global village the negatives are evident.


It seems that many embrace globalization and this village predominantly because its considered inevitable. “There is absolutely no inevitability as long as there is a willingness to contemplate what is happening.”
(McLuhan, The Medium is the Massage, 2001)

The growing technologies that bring us together seem to drown out the voices of those who fear it.

At the moment the fears of the village are not yet blatantly in our faces (or have we just failed to notice them?)
The advance in communication has been quite the plus for globalisation. The ability to communicate with others; kilometres, days and lifetimes away from you, appeals to a majority of the global population and leaned the votes in favour of globalisation. The trades between countries of exotic food, cultures and people have slowly begun to show a major aspect in the global village. The question is, are these features going to lead to a positive outcome or a negative? And what will the impact be on the world we know today?


Multiculturalism has flourished in the awakening of globalisation, promoting the diversity of cultures; here in Australia we can see the benefits of multiculturalism in our backyards. We’ve brought down the barriers that would once have segregated our cultures, races and religions and have become much more tolerant of each other. Like McLuhan’s optimistic visions for the global village, multiculturalism can show that equality among the people is key, “gives everyone’s voice a chance to be heard and enables information to be freely shared.”(McLuhan, The Medium is the Massage, 2001)

We all would love the outcomes of the global village to be positive, however in todays world we are all sceptical and are ready to assume the worst, the utopian promise is usually accompanied by tonnes of string attached. Realistically we have to be prepared for negatives as well. Castells portrayal of the “utopian global village“ is pessimistic. He believes globalisation is a new brand of capitalism. He predicts that the village will not be a community but an organization governed by a higher collective. “the core economic activities are global – that is, they have the capacity to work as a unit in real time, or chosen time, on a planetary scale.” (Castells 2001: 52)

Whether the global village becomes a symbol for community or governed organisation we can only be sure of what it has developed into once it has done so. Its another predicament solved by Schrodinger’s cat, we can only tell that there is no single outcome unless it is observed, in that we can only truly know the results of globalisation once they have occurred.


Castells, M. (2001) ‘Information technology and global capitalism’ in W. Hutton and A. Giddens. (eds.) On The Edge. Living with global capitalism, London: Vintage.


McLuhan, M. 1964, “The Medium is the Massage”, Gingko Press, 2001 p. 16


Whitman, A, 1981). “Marshall McLuhan, Author, Dies; Declared ‘Medium Is the Message'”. The New York Times. Retrieved 19 August 2012.



Globalisation Creating Enemies

Globalisation has allowed communication between people all the way across the world, through social networking.

This new form of communication strengthens our long distance connections and allows progression in business, relationships and social activities.
It has even developed into tool for propaganda business and vocalisation of ones self.
However to every positive aspect there is a conflicting one, and in this case it is extreme.
The bullying associated with these social networking sites is endless. Out of the billions of users millions are tormented, humiliated and abused, intentionally or not.


The bullying epidemic was bad enough on the playgrounds in the classrooms and in person.   The cyber mutation of this has allowed veiled predators to attack their victims with little consequence. The screen into the Internet has become a barrier for the predator and a window to the victim.
Bullying is mainly seen amongst children or teen. We all know adults know better. Don’t we? The recent misogynistic attacks towards several women of parliament and female journalists has brought to light the much darker side to the seemingly mature as well as bringing into question their means. Reported in “Twitter UK boosts anti-abuse tools after threats against women”by Giulio Saggin of ABC News.

Twitter being a social networking site that most would trust has allowed misogynistic men to abuse women of fairly high power, with ease and little consequence. What we see as (unfortunately) common behavior amongst children has spread to the “mature”, “capable” users of social networking sites.
The women harassed by these temperamental users were not only threatened with foul words and distaste to their person, they were publicly humiliated, had their lives threatened and in some instances their dignity was threatened.

What global community do we live in to allow this to happen to our people?

What are we doing to fix this?

How could we let it go so far that lives are threatened?

The cyber bullying found in social media site is atrocious and the persecution of those at fault is minimal if not unheard of
The cowards responsible for the assaults through Twitter had no risk to themselves, hiding behind the mask of the cyber system

Globablisation has improved our interaction with others from afar but at what cost. In cases like these it has fuelled the bullying of individuals and groups with no justification and little justice.
In an attempt to correct this Twitter offered a public formal apology to the women attacked, and all victims of bullying through the site, as well as a proposal to fix the issue. By adding a “report abuse” button


By taking action the large social networking site has showed their support and have made it public that behavior like this should not be tolerated.  The twitter site was not designed for ease in abuse and certainly was not designed for the persecution of ones beliefs.
This  “report abuse ” button is a start, however growth in cyber abusehas grown exponentially and is growing even further out of hand. It took a huge issue for small part of the problem to be resolved.

Why is this abuse not been dealt with till now?

What will have to happen next time for more to be done?,

As if the suicides haven’t been enough. According to statistics reported by ABC News,
“nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying”

“Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it.”


“Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims” according to studies by Yale


Is this the fault of Globalisation?

Will  we continue to let this happen?

Will this behaviour and these issues just become  collateral damage?