Making Sense Of Autoethnography

Hi and Welcome to my first vlog for BCM320. I hope you enjoy watching! Thank goodness this is a multimedia platform and I can add some stuff here that came to me whilst thinking about this vlog today! During the screening of Akira, I had one of those moments, you know, like when you have seen something similar on another occasion? In the scene where the powers raging within Tetsuo begin to take over his body I was transported back 50 years when my mother had allowed me to watch The Picture Of Dorian Grey. The movie was adapted from an Oscar Wilde novel and it terrified the hell out of me as a kid. In the closing scenes a portrait is revealed that has been ‘possessed’, supposedly by the devil and it was the scariest thing I had ever seen. Tetsuo’s transformation took me back to that moment of terror. I remember that for weeks after watching the movie I had to leap from my bedroom door to my bed so nothing could grab me from underneath the bed as I stepped from the floor. Thanks for the memories #AKIRA.

The Picture Of Dorian Grey painted by Ivan Albright


Akira – Trailer –

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

Kaneda’s Theme (Akira – Amiga) –

2 thoughts on “Making Sense Of Autoethnography

  1. Hi Michelle,
    First of all, may I just say that I thoroughly enjoyed watching your vlog on this week’s screening of Akira. Apart from being insightful, I found your vlog to be quite refreshing in that you offered a different perspective to mine and one that was quite relatable. For me, I especially liked how you linked watching the film to your childhood, as it showed a great example of how you honed in on an autoethnographic practice. Although I often connect the film to pop-culture symbols such as the TV series ‘Stranger Things’, having listened to your experience I found it particularly interesting that the film could be related to a classic literary text (Dorian Grey). Additionally, I really enjoyed how you engaged with Ellis’ article, as it clearly demonstrates how you were attempting to understand the different culture you were experiencing (both in a group dynamic and individually) reinforced by your tweets. All in all, a great post and I look forward to reading more from you!

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