Contextual Essay BCM 325

Life in the Fields

Concept

The concept of my BCM325 digital artefact is explore the future of the online communication, specifically addressing the use of bots on social media. The format of this project was two video essays on YouTube, exploring different ways that public opinion can be swayed through the use of bots, trolls and digital deception.

An interview by The Verge with renowned futurist Elon Musk states “We’re already a cyborg… You have a digital version of yourself, a partial version of yourself online in the form of your emails, your social media, and all the things that you do.” (Ricker, 2016). I first heard this quote after watching the filmGhost in the Shell(1995), and it led to myself asking more questions about the concept of hacking ‘cyborgs’ both today and in the near future.

I believe that the core way that cyborgs are and will be hacked within the…

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