BCM325: Live-Tweeting the Future

Throughout the first 5 weeks of BCM325, we have been given the task to live-tweet during the viewing of 5 movies set into the future. They all share the genre of science-fiction, as they present realities in different points of time, mirroring the current discourse in modern society. The movies included:

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  2. West World (1978)
  3. Blade Runner (1982)
  4. Ghost in the Shell (1995)
  5. The Matrix (1999)

Live tweeting was an interesting concept that I had mixed feelings about. As someone who has very little time to myself, I rarely watch movies especially of the sci-fi nature. If I do get a chance to watch a movie, I really want to limit the distractions available so I can enjoy the movie in its entirety. When I engaged in live-tweeting, I felt as if I missed important moments, and it lessened the overall enjoyment of the experience. 

However, I did enjoy the collective nature of watching a film as a group and my sentiments being projected over Twitter, which were shared by others in real-time.

In this live-tweeting journey, here’s 3 key takeaways of how future cultures are observed and represented and what I learnt from this experience.

1. Don’t become too reliant on technology

…because something always seems to go wrong.

With technology aimed at improving the quality of our life, sci-fi often portrays the extremities of technology failing us. Privacy, AWOL AI, cyber-crime, murderous robots… we know the storylines all too well. 

2. Take care of the Earth 

As we all know, the future represented in movies is often dark and gloomy. This is often created to drastically enhance our understandings of the higher levels of technology. The world being void of flora, fauna and colour is one of the most disturbing realities of the imagined “future”.

3. A strive for power often equals Corruption

Political corruption and corporate greed are often represented as a strong theme in dystopian settings. I found them to be a major arc in the movies we studied, pushing underneath the surface of the world of today, enhancing the complexity of the situation. Ghost in the Shell and The Matrix most accurately portray this idea.

Unfortunately, due to not being able to attend some of the live-tweeting sessions I didn’t have great engagement with my tweets, my best 2 were probably,

..showing me that humour is often better received than any of the news articles and less personable tweets I shared.

My more factual tweets included:

Whilst, I didn’t have very good engagement, I made it my mission to interact with other peers’ tweets to boost their engagement and share my opinions on a range of different points throughout the movies. I retweeted, commented and liked a lot of different tweets, with this video exploring those mentioned:

In reflection, my biggest takeaway from this activity is that I have to make improvements on how, when and what I tweet. I need to continue conversations in real-time with other students, and go into each viewing with a good understanding of how each movie relates to the course structure. Hopefully, the next time I complete this activity, I will have more content to work with and therefore more value to add to the conversation, sparking insane levels of engagement.

Thanks guys!

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