Movies and tweets?

So now I get to talk about the live-tweeting experience for the remainder of the semester, and it was pretty good in my opinion. I feel twitter is a pretty good medium for allowing the discussion of topics related to the films we watched over the last month and a bit.

It started with I Robot and Robot and Frank, which to be honest I had not too much to say on the whole thing, other than to make sarcastic comments on the whole thing. The movies to me were not that interesting to me (since I’ve seen I Robot a thousand times and had to talk about it to death a few years back for school) as for Robot and Frank I found the movie fascinating, even though I did not get as involved as I should have. I found the movie quite enjoyable despite my little input. There was a discussion that I got involved with in regards to the pride of the elderly and how someone like Frank might be a little stubborn when getting help the way he does from his son.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Machines making machines, centralised hub for the robots AI, do these people not have the terminator or the matrix in their time? <a href=”;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#bcm325</a></p>&mdash; Kahuna (@LachlanVivers) <a href=””>May 2, 2019</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>It's also due to the stubborn nature of the elderly as well that I've witnessed in my own experiences <a href=”;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#bcm325</a></p>&mdash; Jonathan Pica (@picapikaaa) <a href=””>May 9, 2019</a></blockquote>

It wasn’t until Marjorie Prime that I started to get involved more properly, raising questions in regards to the themes being brought up by both Marjorie Prime and Robot and Frank. Things like leaving artificial intelligence and robots to care for the elderly instead of nurses or family as well as discussing the nature of the perfect AI (weather or not this was by making it either a paragon of virtue or one flawed like us). To be honest it was around this time that I began to really get a handle on how to use twitter and to get a better idea of how to use it for this class and to share my ideas and thoughts on the media we were watching for the course.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>I wonder how I would feel if I was put into a situation like in Marjorie Prime or in Robot and Frank, would I be okay with this or would I find it a little bit heartless? I'd rather be with my family but then again the robot and hologram were given to them out of love <a href=”;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#bcm325</a></p>&mdash; Kahuna (@LachlanVivers) <a href=””>May 16, 2019</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>And yet the flaws and issues tend to be what makes us human, so would the perfect AI for humanity be flawed like us or would it have to be a paragon of virtue?</p>&mdash; Kahuna (@LachlanVivers) <a href=””>May 16, 2019</a></blockquote>

The following week was Blade Runner 2049, which was a good movie to re-watch. It was good to talk about god delusions through the advancement of technology with another since the theme is so prevalent with the main antagonist, Niander Wallace. It was also a good opportunity to have a dig at China (which I love to do at anytime I can). Apart from that I made a few comments on the way in which they crafted the sci-fi dystopia so well before my phone died and I was unable to tweet for the rest of the video, something that I would most certainly not let happen again.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Absolutely, he has definitely positioned himself into thinking he is God. And yes, pride is a dangerous thing</p>&mdash; Amanda Tait (@SixteenfourTait) <a href=””>May 23, 2019</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Sign me up, gotta escape those harmful gases China is still releasing somehow ✌️</p>&mdash; Nicole Gentle (@NicoleGentle) <a href=””>May 23, 2019</a></blockquote>

Finally we ended off on the Matrix, which is always okay (I’m not a huge fan of the series but I enjoy it nonetheless). Good to talk about the not so subtle metaphors and references that the Wachowskis stuffed this movie to the brim with. From the Alice in Wonderland, to the non-stop biblical references of Neo being the one. We were also told that there was a transgender angle to the whole movie as well (which explains a lot now with hindsight and how the girls look a bit mannish and the men a bit womanly in their appearances) but I decided to focus more on the allegories and themes around destiny and free will.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>What if life is just one giant interactive goosebumps pick-your-own adventure, where you get to choose, but all choices are pre-determined?</p>&mdash; Kahuna (@LachlanVivers) <a href=””>May 30, 2019</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Damn I forgot how hard they hit it with the biblical imagery, not very subtle when the ship that houses the crew that is the key for mankinds future is named after the biblical king that did the same for Babylon <a href=”;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#BCM325</a&gt; <a href=”;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#TheMatrix</a></p>&mdash; Kahuna (@LachlanVivers) <a href=””>May 30, 2019</a></blockquote>

All in all, I think I kind of got the hang of this towards the end, even though my contributions could have been a lot more now that I have a better understanding of the tool and how good it has been for discussing this subject and the themes that have popped up over the last few months.




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