I found that ‘Space Odyssey’ was the easiest film to engage with on Twitter. I was able to get into discussions with other classmates about both artistic choices made in the film as well as ideas of human, technology relationships that Kubrick rose. I had one discussion with Johnathon that delved into romantic human, robot relationships and how they have evolved past sci-fi movies into the real world. I believe Johnathon brought some interesting evidence of a male marrying a robot in VR that I could have engaged with more. However, I was able to bring some film comparisons to the topic, specifically with the movie ‘Her’. While there could have been a more in-depth discussion about the points being raised in both movies and the contrast that a real-world VR wedding has, we were able to scratch the surface and get some ideas going.
While I have had some academic, thoughtful tweets I have had an equal amount of less academic, less serious tweets. Some of those tweets have been successful in bring about interesting anecdotes from others about the film itself. Such as my tweet regarding getting high on acid during ‘Space Odyssey’ and Matilda’s response. While my tweet could have been posed in a more serious manner it still successfully created discussion and engagement. A fair bit of my ‘shit posting’ has successfully led to some form of conversation amongst peers, and I believe that any conversation is often better than no engagement.
The area that most of my tweets have revolved around across all the films we have watched is the ethical human, robot relationship- specifically romantically. The ‘West World’ robots brought up interesting ethical questions of consent amongst sex robots and the killing of robots in general. While my response to questions posed by another classmate’s tweet could have delved deeper into philosophical thought machines, I believe that I did a good job of broadening her question into more relatable areas of today’s societies to make the ethical dilemma one we face every day for some people.
Overall, I have a sold half and half ration of academic, thoughtful engagement vs shit posting. However, I believe that is part of the Twitter environment and shit posting can end up generating equally thoughtful engagement amongst users. I believe that some of my tweets could be improved if I started seeking out sources to back up my opinions. I could also do a better job of engaging in discussion with other’s tweets rather than just liking the tweet and moving on. Our tutorial brings a lot of interesting facts, opinions, and insights into the live tweeting and more through engagement could easily be achieved.