The Eight-Week Learning Curve that was Twitter


Prior to BCM325, I didn’t have a Twitter account, so the idea of live-tweeting was entirely new to me. The first week in particular I struggled, having to create a twitter account on a phone while watching a movie on a projector, while researching the movie on a laptop trying to understand what was happening because I’d missed the beginning because of all of the above, while attempting to develop relatively informed opinions about a genre with which I’m fairly unfamiliar with, while at the same time trying to figure out which button on Twitter does what, it was all a bit overwhelming. I eventually got the hang of Twitter as we went along each week, and discovered I could draft tweets which helped with not having to miss key scenes and losing touch with what was happening in the plot. I figured out the images and the GIFs and…

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BCM325 Live Tweets

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Week 1 – Ghost in the Shell (1995)

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In the first week I was quite visibly finding my feet. As my first time ever livetweeting something, I found it pretty difficult to keep up. Call me old fashioned, by I like to be fully immersed in the media I consume, presence bleed makes it hard to concentrate on both watching and tweeting. That and I was taught at a young age that it is rude to give half of your attention to someone talking, which kind of extended to other kinds of communication. The above tweet was my favourite simply because the quote best sums up what I gained from the film.

ghost 2.PNGAlso of interest, a trend throughout my tweets is spotting tropes, especially my favourite, the ‘enhance’.

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Something I find interesting is how creators come up with visions of future technology, and the way they represent it in their media…

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BCM 325 Live Tweeting

Before taking this subject I had never really live tweeted or live anything’d so it was a chance to try something new and a new way of thinking and enjoying media. Not being a BCM student made it difficult sometimes, and I was always focused on writing about stuff that interested me while watching rather than general trivia about the film.

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Digital Artefact Status: Work In Progress

Tate's Blog

It has now been multiple weeks since I started work on my Digital Artefact about the process of building a PC and some of the issues involved with cryptocurrency and the effects of e-waste and honestly progress has been, limited. Since beginning the project I have realised that the final submission (if in video format) should only have a length of around 7:30, absolutely cutting my dreams for three different videos all of which would run for between 5-10 minutes. I recently found out though that I could change the structure of the assignment and add the parts about selecting components for the PC and then actually building the PC as extra videos that are unmarked so I plan to do them in that format while having the talk about issues be submitted as the actual assessed material. The reason I have still decided to continue with the videoing of…

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Live-Tweeting, An Eight Week Saga

Meg Louise

For the last several weeks, I have immersed myself into the art of live tweeting. Throughout my university degree, I have never once been asked to do this. It was refreshing to have a subject with no pre-conceived knowledge of what the tasks would involve. To live tweet, we watched an array of science fiction films applying the theories and concepts discussed in lectures. Through that foundation we extended those ideas by collaborating with other members of the class, discussing thoughts and opinions whilst also proposing questions for others to answer. It was a way to engage the audience with the content and introduce a new and exciting way in achieving class collaboration and discussion. Therefore, this blog post will be a curation of tweets, both my own and others, in a week by week layout to demonstrate my overall experience of the live tweeting process.

Week One: – Mamoru…

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Redefining the idea of the MANBOT

Meg Louise

“Pamela Anderson has more prosthetic in her body than I do. Nobody calls her disabled”. Aimee Mullins (2009, TED TALKS, YOUTUBE)

In relation to my first blog post, I focused on the fears and apprehensions society faces in relation to the MANBOT. I discussed my personal woes around this half-human, half-robot reality. More importantly, I realized there is a major stigma in society against technological prosthesis. The assumption many people conclude, is that machine and man cannot intertwine without the loss of humanity. The perception comes from ingrained fears of the other, something so different it is deemed to be threatening. This is exacerbated by different media representations in films, movies, books and comics. As a result there is a current societal skepticism towards technological advancement. In reality, technology is constantly changing and further enhancing human capabilities: with individuals becoming dependent on technological support to regain function…

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