Originally posted here.
Week 8 Screening: Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
What this screening made me realise is that I am not as engaged by films with weak graphics and due to the age of this film the visuals were not as captivating as those in the later weeks. This noticeably contributed to my lacking engagement and I also couldn’t follow the story well. However, I engaged in an interesting thread of tweets where we discussed our dependence on technology and how this is heavily increasing. Watching these films throughout the semester emphasises how we as a society continuously acknowledge technological growth but are we prepared for when it fails us? Or, are we prepared for a digital takeover? As explored in this thread, we turn to our devices to look for our answers and this is extremely noticeable in the day to day life for a student. Do we now start to lack practical skills outside the realm of technology? This film definitely encouraged an interesting series of tweets between Jonathan and I (see below).
Week 9 Screening: Robot and Frank (2012)
I left this screening early for a doctor’s appointment hence my lacking tweets but from what I saw this movie encouraged conversation across the hashtag as the film was very emotionally driven. Due to the subject matter being close to home I was intrigued to hear other students ideas in regards to technology and Alzheimers/Dementia.
With the above tweet, I attempted to start a conversation to see if nursing homes could possibly lose business if this technology were to become available. Would a patient in their own home feel less dehumanised as they are not moved to a nursing home? As I only received 2 replies maybe this idea was too unfamiliar for a conversation to unfold. But ultimately, one fear that still remains is that technology like this could turn on us. As Ruby states above “…eventually the robots will use the elderly to kill all humans.” An interesting perspective which also remains an undertone for the remainder of the semester, the power of technology to betray us.
Week 10 Screening: Marjorie Prime (2017)
Being my personal favourite film of the semester, tweeting throughout this film was almost considered enjoyable. As the focus continued to be on the elderly and memory loss, my tweets continued to be quite emotionally driven. This film introduced the concept of holograms which is personally unsettling and left me with conflicted attitudes towards the film, however, high engagement remained throughout the entirety of the film. With threads between students:
To personal conversations about our own loved ones who’ve faced similar medical conditions:
I think this week was another strong point for me as being able to personally relate to the film encouraged an increase in participation.
Week 11 Screening: Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
To start live tweeting off for this screening I retweeted the above tweet from the previous class as I thought it was interesting to identify the highs and lows of Blade Runner 2049 in relation to the original movie.
As per usual, I referenced a video game (as seen below) which ignited engagement of one reply and 4 likes between myself and the other games of the class, particularly those fond of Naughty Dog.
In this screening I also made use of a variety of weblinks to provide students with external knowledge of the film:
And my most powerful set of tweets for this film was in reference to the visual aesthetics using the image attached, as the film used the 2009 dust storms in Sydney for inspiration.
In week 11 I think it is clear that I established a great relationship between tweeting casually whilst also providing informative tweets which increased my engagement (likes, replies, retweets) during this screening.
As the conclusion of live tweeting was upon us, I have learnt from week 8 to 11 that the use of links and quotes increased engagement as they challenged the ideas of other students. My overall contribution increased as I became invested in film visuals and as the films began to establish clearer storylines which were not easily identified in older titles. I think progression is evident but there will always be room for improvement.