Before this week’s seminar, I have never really watched a Godzilla movie or found anything to do with it interesting. I knew they existed and that there was a movie franchise produced around them but I have never watched one.
However, I have to say that watching the Godzilla movie this week was quite interesting. I enjoyed it to an extent. The most interesting part of the movie I think was seeing how different the scenes, dialogue, acting, graphics and even sound effects were. When comparing these things to this day and age there is a dramatic difference between them. It’s quite awesome to see how far film has come.
My high school gave us the opportunity to learn and study Japanese language, culture and history. The class opened my mind to this very different cultural identity and gave me the opportunity to explore the art of manga and Japanese films. I found that the film Godzilla gave me a different view point of Japan and especially their stance on nuclear energy. I think, however, because I was able to study Japan, I was able to make sense of the film text a whole lot better.
Overall I think that the film was very interesting, it brought up topics that I hadn’t considered or thought about before. Depicting the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima through Godzilla was a great way to emphasise the destruction and fear individuals felt during this time. Let’s hope that the devastation of the bombing will be enough to stop this from happening in the future.
This week Sukhmani has nominated a couple of background readings relevant to the case study on digital storytelling in the lecture time.
Tacchi, Jo A. (2009) ‘Finding a voice : digital storytelling as participatory development in Southeast Asia’. In Hartley, John & McWilliam, Kelly (Eds.) Story circle : digital storytelling around the world. Wiley-Blackwell.
Russo, A., & Watkins, J. (2005, December 31). Digital Cultural Communication: Enabling newmedia and co- creation in Asia. International Journal of Education and Development using ICT [Online], 1(4). Available: http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu/viewarticle.php?id=107.
The reading this week introduces you to autoethnographic method and lead author, Carolyn Ellis, expands on the approach in this audio lecture on music, ethnographic, reflexive writing and personal storytelling.