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This week, I watched an anime film for the first time. It was vastly different than expected. Upon reflecting on the practices of auto-ethnography, the experience of live-tweeting the screening and my own cultural framework I was able to realise the vast influence Akira has had on pop culture everywhere.
"What makes you strong?" This is the phrase that I will be using as a basis for my digital artifact, Wollongong Strong.
Akira is a true masterpiece whose influence lives on 30 years later thanks to global media flows. It has influenced global culture in countless ways through the process of hybridisation.
It's no secret that Stranger Things has taken the world by storm. The Netflix Original has inspired spoofs, bars, designer fashion shows, video games and an international sing-along named the 'Neverending Challenge', truly becoming a pop-culture phenomenon. But, if audiences "tend to reject cultural products... too distant from their own cultural realities" (Straubhaar, 2014) how can this be?
I must admit, I came into this movie-viewing with zero expectations. But, after watching Forensic Files on small hotel TVs for the last 3 weeks I was dying for a good movie. And boy did I get one.
In today's society it is hard not to be a global citizen. We are connected by the internet, our phones, and ever-improving travel. In our daily lives, many of the objects we use were produced overseas, or made using traded ingredients/materials. But somehow, I still feel stuck in a bubble in my little corner of Sydney, Australia.