From the start of Digc330 I have found the term Autoethnography hard to grasp. Although it is simply a reflection and explanation of your understanding and experience, I have been finding it hard to reflect on my experience without comparing it to the western world too much. After reading “Autoethnography: an overview” my understanding became much clearer and now I recognise how to write an autoethnography.
When starting my research I wasn’t completely new to the idea of K-pop, as I would watch Pop Asia on SBS occasionally. I feel as though this impacted me being able to express my experience as I wasn’t starting fresh, due to my prior knowledge on the topic. Although in saying this after doing some more research and really identifying the key components that make up K-pop, my understanding has completely flipped. As my opinions and understanding of K-pop changed I feel as though I have just recited articles and literature around my topic, rather then express what my thoughts were on this discovery and whether or not I agree with what is being written. I do try and reflect at the end of each post, but after becoming more aware of what an autoethnography was I will be reflecting throughout my blog posts.
“Autoethnography: an overview” changed my understanding of my aim for my project which is to almost make readers feel as though they are experiencing this with me, sharing ideas and epiphanies that I have had during my research. I now understand to achieve this I must compare and contrast my experience with previous literature on the same topic. (Ellis, Adams and Bochner, 2011) This will help me emphasise what I am trying to communicate and will allow my research to become more sufficient. It will allow me to check whether or not my ideas and concepts around K-pop are relevant. I feel that knowing this I can now reflect stronger and my blog posts may become easier to understand and will feel more personal.
In my next posts you will see me reflecting on my overall experience more by sharing my opinions, feelings, thoughts and observations I have made during my research.
Ellis, C., Adams, T. and Bochner, A. (2011). Autoethnography: an overview. Historical Social Research/Historische Sozialforschung, pp.273–290