‘TV: A Globalising Force Promoting Cultural Relativism’ – Digital Artefact for DIGC330 On Storify

An up-close examination on the socio-cultural implications of television on communities, the Indian television industry, and the translation of the religious epic Mahabharat across cultural borders and boundaries.


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Reflecting on Hindi TV as an Autoethnographer: Mahabharat and Hindu Epics

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Watching the first episode of the 1988 Hindi TV-series Mahabharat and accounting for my experience by live-tweeting my thoughts and opinions on the show has left me with a lot of questions. Is television anywhere near as popular in India as a pastime as it is in Australia? What was the real message behind the show? Why on earth was Ganga killing all her children?

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With these questions and my cultural assumptions in mind, — which can be found in my first post here — reflecting on my autoethnographic accounts of a cultural phenomenon can be insightful and revelatory. Reflective analysis not only highlights “dominant narratives” and “ways of thinking” about culture but also pursues a deeper understanding of such experiences on…

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Watching Hindi TV as an Autoethnographer: Mahabharat and Live-Tweeting

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I have been a fan of Bollywood film ever since I was first introduced to the three-hour classic Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham in high school. I can quite clearly remember being amazed by the intricate details in the costumes, the set designs and the drama throughout the course of the film. Last year I even dedicated my DIGC202 project to my Bollywood film experiences through the form of a YouTube channel.

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Wanting to stick with something somewhat familiar to me — that being my growing appreciation for Hindi culture, —  I decided to focus my autoethnographic research project on my experience of Hindi television. In doing so, I hoped to further heighten my understanding of Indian culture and thus become a more culturally aware individual.

Autoethnography is an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyse personal experience in…

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In Retrospect: Autoethnography & State of Play — Digital Asia

It was only a few weeks ago that I attempted to expand my horizons and experience Korean gaming culture with a set of fresh eyes. This autoethnographic experience was enlightening, and brought my attention to the fact that I was ultimately an outsider when it came to eSports, gaming and Lee Jae Dong. via In … Continue reading In Retrospect: Autoethnography & State of Play — Digital Asia