A Flying Axe Covered in Glitter and Bubblegum

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Tayla Bosley



Digital Artefact:

Autoethnographic Essay:

Autoethnography, as stated by Ellis (2011) is “an autobiographical genre of writing that displays multiple layers of consciousness, connecting the personal to the cultural.”

I think this is the absolute best way to summarise autoethnography, and I think I have achieved this in my project. By relaying through self-reflexivity, the multiple accounts of my personal experience with kawaii metal, then critically analysing those experiences and subsequent epiphanies. I hope to have brought a critical understanding of the genre to those that have read my posts, and listened to my podcasts.

As I stated in my blog post ‘Narrative Truth’, my goal has been to walk that knife’s edge “…between rigorous, theoretical, analytical science, and therapeutic, personal, and social experience-writing.” Therefore connecting my personal experience to the culture of kawaii metal, and enabling those who engage with my work to gain a deeper…

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The Future is Dark

Is the future of the internet a dark place where illegally bought ‘sock puppets’ will rule public opinion?

So from the week 11 lecture in BCM206, Ted seemed to foretell a rather depressing state of affairs for our beloved internet.

It may overrun by sock puppets; computer generated personas that have almost entirely foolproof internet lives, which are used to sway an argument online, with each bot providing the same opinion.

(As happened in China)

So theoretically it could be used to influence even government elections.

Dark indeed.

Hackers: Then and Now

What I found most interesting in week 10’s lecture on hackers and hacktivism was how much has changed from the origin of hackers to now.

It seems to me that the hackers of the 80s were seen as a serious threat to the general public’s safety.

The first global IBM-compatible virus epidemic was detected. Brain, which infected the boot sector, was able to spread practically worldwide within a few months. The almost total lack of awareness in the computing community of how to protect machines against viruses ensured Brain’s success. In fact, the appearance of numerous science fiction works on the topic only strengthened the panic, instead of teaching people about security.”

But today’s hackers are seen as a joke…

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…or sometimes simply ‘whistle blowers’ such as Julian Assange.

I guess I’m just interested in how this change has occurred, and what is means for the future of hacking.


In this video remediation of BCM206 Week 9’s topic of social media revolutions, I go further into the cultural, technological, and generational factors that can lead to #revolution.

I found it interesting that it is the new generations of oppressed peoples, the one who have grown up with social media, that are the one shirking their cultural traits of acceptance and patience.

Instead they seem to choose the now, and the active.


Attia, A., Aziz, N., Friedman, B. and Elhusseiny, M. (2011). Commentary: The impact of social networking tools on political change in Egypt’s “Revolution 2.0”. Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, 10(4), pp.369-374.

**Apologies for the awful audio**

Analysing Kawaii Metal

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In this post I will use the autoethnographic methodology to analyse my experience of Kawaii Metal, as related in the week 5 podcast ‘Discovering Kawaii Metal’.

The main methodology used will be personal narrative, which will be accompanied with further research on the topic of Kawaii Metal. Using this research, I will critically analyse my experience, in terms of my own personal context, and how the experience changed myself, or lead me to any epiphanies.

Definition of Kawaii Metal

One definition of kawaii metal is (cute metal), which blends elements of heavy metal and J-Pop. This is done by combining the music of heavy metal, such as heavy electric guitar, and a powerful drum beat with J-Pop melodies, and a Japanese idol aesthetic.

A Japanese idol usually refers to the young stars of J-Pop, that are marketed specifically for their cuteness, good public image, and…

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