Grand Finale Anime Food Project

After a month of anime exploration, Japanese history lessons, kitchen decimation, and editing mishaps the illustrious Anime Food project has finally come to a close. This project which came about from my desire to learn more about Japanese food and pop culture was riddled with failures and minor successes. None the less the research project still…

Touching Base – Anime Food Project

Touching base – a term which here means updating on what I have – and mostly – have not accomplished since my last blog post as well as what my masterful plan is moving forward through this research process. Currently, I am at the second and third stage of the autoethnographic research process which involves…

The Overzealous World of Anime Food

As a connoisseur of fine – although technically take away – food I can safely say I have had my fair share of experiencing different foods from a number of varying cultures. All be it the often-watered-down western version of these traditional dishes that are either delivered along a sushi train or in a paper…

Simply Surviving Akira (1988)

Despite the plethora of anime I have had the chance to binge-watch none have been quite as provocative and genuinely insane as the 1988 cult film Akira. Going into this film blind, knowing close to nothing about the intense plot and complex cast of characters, I can now safely say I had vastly underestimated what…

‘A Country Bumkin Confused in the Presence of Culture’

Western culture is a hard thing to escape. Growing up the main contributor to my knowledge of other cultures came from the golden chalice of all morning TV programs – Toasted TV. This gem of my past may have fuelled my obsession with Nickelodeon, but it also sparked my interest in cult anime classics such…

Memeplexes of Monday Tutorials

People rely on a perceptual frame to comprehend the realities that they are experiencing. Perceptual Frames act as a set of schemas that help people to map new information inputs to a version of reality that they understand. This version of reality is built from personal experiences, interaction with peers and other influencers such as…

Cathedral or Bazaar

Much like an ever-persistent conspiracy theorist out to prove the existence of the Bermuda triangle, BCM112 was back again for the third and final instalment of the ‘convergence triangle’ saga. In this third instalment, the saga ends with exploring the difference between open and closed technologies. When you look at media technologies they appear as…

Just Transmedia

As the profound Mr Jenkins dictates to us Transmedia storytelling is a process in which a narrative is systematically dispersed across multiple mediums for the purpose of creating a unified and coordinated entertainment experience. This transmedia trend Jenkins is talking about is becoming increasingly common within a modern context as new mediums allow curators to…

A Utopian Creative Commons

  Society progresses by building upon the ideas of the past – as of the 1700s however this has become harder to do as copyright laws whilst acting to protect the intellectual property of someone’s work has also acted to restrict it from the public domain. With the concept of convergence, however, it could be…

The Dynasty of Political Memes

Whilst many of us view memes as mass-produced pictures that depict the latest meme trend for the hour, many people are also beginning to recognise the power memes have to influence the beliefs and behaviours of people – on an even greater scale than legacy media. At their heart memes are anything that can be…