When experiencing another culture, whether it be travelling, consuming foreign entertainment or a cultural phenomenon, I always use my own lived experiences as a foundation in understanding the concepts. After which, I find research, usually pop-cultural references, to further understand the lived experiences of those whose culture I am experiencing for the first time. In combining these two steps, I am able to relay and critically understand cultures that are immensely different to my own.
When describing my first foray into K-Pop fandom, I heavily relied on my own experiences of fandom culture to begin to understand the intense immersion associated with K-Pop. Although seemingly unrelated, K-Pop fandom and the Twilight Saga held many of the same characteristics to me; that of complete devotion to a product.
In the first third of my blog post, I used auto-biographical concepts to create the foundation and emotional connection associated with fandom culture. As fandom culture encompasses complete devotion to a product or person, it is often coupled with intense emotional connections (B. Lee Cooper, 2015). Emotions are intrinsically personal and imbedded in the tapestry of a person’s lived experiences. Relaying personal experiences with fandom lends itself to the auto-biographical methods for understanding one’s perceptions, and thus critical to the auto-ethnographic intent in understanding K-Pop fandom.
Further into the blog, I divulged a descriptive explanation of the key concepts associated with fandom culture, particularly K-Pop fandom culture. As the intent of the Digital Artefact and research into fandom is to facilitate learning of cultural phenomenon, I explained the methodological functions I will be using to understand K-Pop fandom. Creating a fandom account of K-Pop band Monsta X and detailing my experiences through a blog (field notes) and vlog style videos (artefacts), it will explore “discerning patterns of a cultural experience.” (Ellis et al, 2011).
In combining auto-biographical and ethnographical practices to communicate cultural interpretations, I have used the fundamental components for undertaking auto-ethnographical research. Forwarding this research piece, through my Digital Artefact, it will facilitate critical insight into a culture through the lens of my personal interpretations.
Cooper, B. Lee (2015) Understanding Fandom: An Introduction to the Study of Media Fan Culture,Popular Music and Society, 38:1, 109-111, DOI: 10.1080/03007766.2014.908524
Ellis, Carolyn; Adams, Tony E. & Bochner, Arthur P. (2010). Autoethnography: An Overview [40 paragraphs]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 12(1), Art. 10, http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1101108.
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