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Live-Tweeting Summary 1

Hi, I’m Adrian Lam. Welcome to my Future Culture’s ‘Live-Tweeting’ summary  1. 

‘Live-Tweeting’ is an interesting activity I’ve never experienced before. Reading others’ ‘tweets’ can help me understand more about the relevance of the movies being reviewed and will help me improve my analyses of these films.

Even though I am enjoying watching movies and simultaneously ‘live-tweeting’ this has proved difficult. As I’m ESL, I must focus on the subtitles to understand what’s going on in the film, especially when there’s a dark scene and/or the characters are talking softly. My English skills have limited my thought processes and creativity in producing posts, so I haven’t had much time to create ‘attracting’ tweets. Thus, I haven’t received a good number of responses. I’ve also tried to make different types of tweets within the limited time, such as memes and gifs, but the result has been disappointingly the same. 

So, I sought the opinions of Chris and my classmates. They said I should do preliminary research to pre-generate draft tweets before watching the movies to gain a better understanding of its background and content. 

Future Changes / improvements 

I need to contribute more valuable descriptive and analytical responses to my classmates’ tweets, based on my research and movie viewing, and to demonstrate my understanding of the relationship between the movie and lecture materials; rather than saying, “Oh yeah”, “It’s so true” etc, which don’t really enhance the discussion. Giving more thoughtful responses means I support others’ research efforts and demonstrates I’m learning from them – fulfilling one of the subject’s objectives.

Week 2’s movie review: Westword (1973)
Week 4’s movie review: Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Above are my tweets which received the most responses, (likes, retweets, and quote tweets). I posted these after watching Westword (1973) and Ghost in the Shell (1995) in Weeks 2 and 4. I also discussed these points in the seminars, and my classmates agreed with me. I will try to post similar insightful tweets to attract more astute responses to promote penetrating exchanges in the future.

Grace’s tweet regarding Blade Runner (1982)

I was surprised by Grace’s post, outlining the religious symbolism of Tyrell’s death in Blade Runner (1982), while I concentrated upon the film’s plot, futuristic depictions and technologies.

In future, I’ll ‘think outside the square’ and undertake preparation to understand the films’ contents and nuances. Thus, I’ll have more engagement with the movies, lecture materials and my classmates’ tweets.

Self Evaluation

Hi, I’m Adrian Lam. Welcome to my Future Culture’s pitch self-evaluation. 

My peer’s pitches used moving pictures as background to voice-over content. Moving images give an added dimension to a presentation by promoting audience interest. So, I have incorporated this idea here. I often use still images to augment the voice-over. A combination of both still and moving pictures could be worthwhile too. 

I’ve realised my still images need to be larger– and they should complement and not distract from the information presented.

My peers’ pitches didn’t use sub-heading and point form to aid their voice-overs, whereas mine did. One peer used some written materials, but this was in sentences and paragraphs.  I use written points on screen because I’m ESL and have a heavy accent. But I believe, through a comparison of my pitch with my peers’, that written point form to back-up the voice-over achieves a more effective presentation. Studies have also found ‘appropriate’ written material focuses the audience’s attention and boosts information retention.

One of my peers spoke to camera using a lecture-style delivery and read from a prepared script. Eye contact with the audience was lacking. This lecture-style is something I might try for part of a future pitch’s content. But I would use a split screen, so I could put information in point form on the other half, with relevant and non-distracting images behind. I would be careful if using this delivery format to make sure I made eye contact with the viewer. To avoid eye contact deflates audience interest.

When I considered my vocal delivery alongside that of my peers, I believe that mine was successful, and their pitches could improve in this. My peers had low voice volume and/or flat tone and/or too fast delivery, plus some halting expression and mispronunciation.

A presentation is a performance that must capture the audience. I try to make my voice volume appropriate and use an expressive tone. I often re-record parts of my voice-over if my accent or any mispronunciation could affect interpretation/meaning. It makes for a clearer, more professional result. 

My peers’ pitches were productive in outlining their purposes – explaining the ideas and concepts they intend to discuss in their posts. I made some suggestions for additional inclusions.

I believe my pitch also had constructive treatment of purpose and the ideas and concepts to be explored. When I receive my peers’ feedback, I will be receptive to any suggestions regarding content expansion and presentation improvement.

Peer’s comment

Ruby Jones – Digital Depictions of Technological Advancement (DOTA)

Hannah Kairuz – The Future of Me

Kathryn Marshall – Highway to the Future

Our Medical Future

Pitch Video

Blog Post

Medical technology has advanced tremendously since the stethoscope became a basic tool of health care. The broader availability of the mobile internet, the expansion of a more affluent middle class and an aging global population are all driving change in the health care industry; and associated technology is changing faster than ever before.

Near and far future medical technological advancement is a huge subject area. Regarding the topics outlined in my pitch, so I may need to be selective in terms of choosing the subjects to be presented in my ‘informative’ posts.

In order to produce a quality DA, good time management is important. According to blogger Anita Sambol’s blog, ‘How to Create a Timeline for a Project (and Why They Matter)’, having a timeline can help me plan, research and deliver, plus recognise when I might have fallen behind in these areas. This means I can react and fix the problem as soon as possible. When I have an overall view of my progress in front of me, it will be easier to avoid working mindlessly on tasks, so I will be more focused and achieve my objectives. 

As mentioned in the pitch video, I haven’t decided which social media platform, (Twitter or Instagram or both), to use for my DA. To assist in making this decision I’ll utilize the Feedback Loop, (observe, test, prototype, ideate, define). I’ll run a poll on my personal Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts and ask my audience which platform(s) they prefer. My final decision as to where I post will be based on the result. 


I plan to post around 200-300 words at least once a week for my DA, from Week 6 to Week 11. I won’t start my posting in Week 5 because I want to wait until I receive my tutor’s and peers’ pitch feedback and make any necessary changes to my ‘presentation’. 

As far as adhering to the proposed timeline goes, (see the above diagram), I plan to do research the week before I post and then post the information in the nominated week, which means I will be doing research in Week 5 for my Week 6 post. This way I will have more time to plan and design my posts, to attract more interest and reaction from my audience. 

However, if controversies the subject area I am writing about are in the news, (or in another related topic is), I may respond to this and create my post around this/these issue(s). 

I’ll use part of Week 11 and Week 12 to prepare for the final assessment. This will allow me plenty of time to produce a good written summary of my DA. 

Finally, I’m planning that my first post, (Week 6), will be about the future of ‘Health Sensors and Telehealth’, a topic that will capitalise on the popular focus on and use of these medical devices/applications, and hopefully expand the audience’s knowledge and interest regarding the advancement of these technologies.

Watch this space for the update!

Reference list:

Sambol, A, n.d., ‘How to Create a Timeline for a Project (and Why They Matter)’, Goskills, weblog post, n.d., viewed 17 March 2022, <;