Well, wow, just wow. The last few weeks have been a complete blur of work, assessments and of course, live tweeting as well. Over the course of the past few weeks I have seen a number of new movies because of BCM325, and I’m so happy that I got the chance to see them. Seeing these movies in class however, I had to critically tweet about each one, discussing the underlying themes, content, setting, and a number of other different aspects each film had to offer. In this blog post I am going to be going through and analysing my most prominent tweets from each week as well as the discussions that formed between myself and my classmates. As of every week I try to find some merchandise I can post to stay within the live tweeting guidelines and at the end of the session it would have been weird if I didn’t find or post anything relating to merchandise
Week eight was the screening of IRobot, a futuristic action movie set in 2035. The movie itself poses questions about how we classify our own humanity compared to that of a machine, robot or A.I. The particular thread I am referencing has several different conversations about human traits, humanity and the ethics of putting feelings into machines and letting them evolve. We also talk about the different applications of futuristic robots, for example their use in modern wars.
Over the course of the session I have been trying to improve my live tweeting and just tweeting in general and I really think that this week shows that I have come a long way from when I first started the subject. In my live tweets I also like to become very critical of some of the aspects of the movie, for example I noticed that in a lot of the films we had watched in class had a very dystopian view that places technology right at the centre of all the problems facing mankind.
Robot and Frank
Week nine was the screening of Robot and Frank I believe this was the week we decided to go with a different film rather than what was stated in the outline. But I’m genuinely glad we screened robot and frank, it was a thought provoking and an unexpected movie. Before the class I had never heard of or seen Robot and frank, I was flying blind. The movie depicted an older gentleman that was beginning to show signs of dementia, as a result his son buys and gives him a robotic carer. The film challenged what people thought about technology and the usual themes of distrust running through similar films.
Instead the film showed the slow progression of frank completely distrusting the robot, to the robot becoming his friend and companion and even in the end not wanting to give him up to save his life. In the seminar we discussed the implications of advancing technology on daily life and how we think it will continue to advance. The robot in the movie was actually based off a japan design which as it so happens is an advancing project. For the most part the screening of robot and frank consisted of myself and my classmates discussing the different stance and approach the movie took to technology and how it impacts mankind.
Week ten was the screening of a very emotional and yet another unexpected movie Marjorie Prime. The movie proposed the idea of having an advanced hologram of oneself after they have passed away. Obviously, you can already see that the topic of the movie created some really philosophical discussions around ethics, and other applications of the technology itself. The technology in the movie, raises concerns and questions about intellectual property and copy write laws. The holograms seen in Marjorie Prime are similar to a subscription, one person in the family subscribes and the rest of the family are able to become a hologram after they pass away. In an extensive thread we discussed the cultural backlash of such an advanced hologram. This week’s live tweeting was a very intense and philosophical debate about whether any of us would want to be a hologram. A critical look at my own tweeting this week leads to me to say that I had some extremely deep discussions surrounding the legal grey area this technology would fall under and specifically if it would result in the technology being made illegal and whether or not people would still use it regardless of whether it is legal or not.
blade Runner 2049
The most recent remake of Blade Runner was a fitting screening seeing as we watched the original in class a few weeks beforehand. In this screening the most commonly talked about aspect of the film was how it paid homage to its original but still paving its own way and creating its own legacy. My tweets for this screening mostly focused on the success and how the movie was made and received with modern audiences. However, there were some aspects of the film which were interesting, such as the depiction of very conservative and traditional views on women’s role in the household in the form of a hologram as well as a holograms ability to feel emotions. This movie sparked a lot of debates and conversations about the ethics of putting emotions into machines and holograms.
The final screening for this session was the matrix. I grew up loving this movie and was all too happy to watch it in class. This particular movie was interesting because it actually made us wonder, yet again, if it is possible for A.I to take over the planet. My contribution to this week’s live tweeting was through extensive threads and discussions about whether or not this world could become a reality. Another thread I was a part of during this seminar was discussing whether or not we would choose to be aware if we were in a simulation and what we would do if we were aware of such a situation. Overall throughout the session I definitely believe that I have become a little better at live tweeting and discussing the topics and ideas that these movies are presenting.