First week of University for the semester and l was absent. Instead, l was finishing my five week trip to Europe, where l was immersed in various cultures. It’s ironic that my first blog post for the semester is based on culture. My cultural background is Italian and Australian. l was born in Australia, however, my nationality is Italian, as both my grandparents were born in Italy. I was lucky enough to visit Italy on my trip. When reading the brief for the first blog post as part of my Digital Asia subject, l immediately reminisced about my childhood and growing up in an Italian family.
As a kid my favourite films were the iconic Disney/Pixar films such as Monsters Inc. and Toy Story. Even now my go to TV shows are the mainstream favourites, such as, Game of Thrones, Gossip Girl and Friends. Growing up with grandparents from Italy, however, l was introduced to the Italian channel ‘Rai’. Even though l didn’t understand the language, each time l visited their houses l watched the channel. I specifically recall watching Italy’s version of Ready Steady Cook and Deal or No Deal (my Nonno’s favourite show).
The task this week was to watch Gojira (1954) the Japanese version of the famous Godzilla.
The movie was in black and white and had English subtitles. Growing up with an older brother meant l had to enjoy watching and playing ‘Yu-Gi-Oh.’ This was my first exposure to Japanese anime and l must admit, the ‘Yu-Gi-Oh’ films were some of my favourite as a child.
When watching the film, it reminded me of watching ‘Yu-Gi-Oh’ and the content on Rai Italia. I especially saw correlations between ‘Gojira’ and ‘Life is Beautiful’, an Italian film l watched on ‘Rai’. It follows the story of a Jewish family during the events of WWII.
Similarly, to ‘Gojira’, which also references the events of WWII, with relation to nuclear weaponry. This correlation, aided in understanding the context of ‘Gojira’, as it portrays similar underlying themes of war and fear.
My understanding of media texts is framed by my exposure to various cultural texts as a child. It wasn’t until l wrote this blog post where l realised this was the case. Who thought all those years of watching ‘Rai Italia’ and ‘Yu-Gi-Oh’ would shape my perspective when analysing media texts in 2018?