Tweeting pt.1

Ending week 5, we have watched 5 films โ€“ Metropolis (1927), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), West World (1973), Blade Runner (1982) and most recently, Ghost In The Shell (1996). I had already seen Metropolis and Blade Runner, and found them relatively simple to tweet about, however, I had very limited knowledge as to what to expect from the other films. Overall I believe I was able to tweet, interact and contribute well with my classmates, however there are a few things I would like to improve on.

So far the five tweets that have had the most engagement have been:

Metropolis

I studied Metropolis in Year 12, and had a lot of prior knowledge about the film. The focus of my tweets for this screening were the effects this film had on other films (such as Star Wars) and the themes of disconnect between the upper and lower classes in the film. My most popular tweet of this week was a comparison of Metropolis and the original Star Wars concept art from 1977,  illustrating the influence Metropolis has had on filmography.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Week 2โ€™s film was one I had very little knowledge of, yet seemed rather familiar, due to the music, which has been copied, parodied and re-used in a variety of other media. Some of my tweets focused on the influence the film My most engaged-with tweet was this:

West World (1973)

West World marked the beginning of our exploration of robots and androids and whether these robots should have rights and the morals behind how they are treated.

Blade Runner (1982)

Blade Runner took this idea one step further as the topic became focused on the rights of non-humans when theyโ€™re indistinguishable from humans. I also focused on the morals of each characterโ€™s actions and motivations, and how dark and depressing this portrayal of the future was.

Ghost In the Shell (1995)

For week 5โ€™s screening, my focus shifted towards the portrayal of technology and identity in the future. unlike previous films, technology was no longer something separate that needed to be fought, but rather something used to enhance a humanโ€™s abilities and create a distinct self-identity. This led to me questioning what makes someone human and how self-identity is formed.

Overall, I am happy with how engaged I have been with my peers and the films we have watched. In the first few films my focus was more on the film itself, rather than the implications they have for the future, however, I believe in the last two screenings, Blade Runner and Ghost In The Shell, I have managed to analyse how future cultures are represented in film the reality of those futures.

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