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Brianna, 21 from Sydney Australia Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies, UOW 2016

A Look Back At Live-Tweeting

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In the past 8 weeks of Future Cultures, we watched 8 cyber and technological themed texts. Our task? To live-tweet these texts; post comments about (an event) on Twitter while the event is taking place. We used the class code as the hashtag for our tweets: #BCM325. The following is a week-by-week summary of highlights; tweets I made, tweets I liked, tweets I retweeted, conversations I saw and took place in. (My twitter handle is @briloulaw- feel free to give me a follow)


Week 1 Feb 28th 2018:

In week one we watched the anime classic, Ghost In The Shell (1995). This week I was introduced to the concept of live-tweeting movies- so obviously I struggled a bit. Most of week 1’s tweeting saw opinions and observations about the movie on the #BCM325 feed- but no real noticeable back and forth discussion.

  • I observed a similarity between one of…

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Ideas, Behaviours and Styles That Spread From Person to Person Within a Culture, or 1 Viral Internet Boi: What Is A Meme?

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The following is a list of academic, scholarly and industry- relevant research which discuss ideas that influenced the development of my research surrounding the notion of meme etiquette. They provide a solid grounding for which to develop my digital artefact further. Quotes & arguments will be grabbed from these sources to use in the production of my digital artefact, as well as the in-class presentation, as a way to support arguments made.

(2013) Solon, Olivia. Richard Dawkins on the internet’s hijacking of the word ‘meme’. Wired.co.uk

This industry-relevant source from wired.co.uk highlights the origin of the word meme in relation to culture. The term ‘meme’ was first coined by British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene (1976). It was used as a concept for discussion of evolutionary principles in explaining the spread of ideas and cultural phenomena. He derived the word by shortening mimeme, an Ancient Greek…

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Meme Etiquette

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For my Future Cultures research project I will be looking at memes. I’m hoping to build on the insights I gained from a previous digital artefact and its real-world successes and controversies: Meme etiquette.

Etiquette is defined, according to the Oxford Dictionary, as the customary code of polite behaviour in society or among members of a particular profession or group. And meme etiquette, being etiquette surrounding the use of memes. Etiquette isn’t much so mandatory and there are no legal obligations- it’s just socially polite norms.

Meme etiquette is the unwritten rules of the meme community- what is acceptable and what isn’t. These rules can affect anyone engaging with memes: from meme pages with thousands of followers, to the humble instagram user, and even now to businesses. It is ethically given that users should follow these rules- but what happens when they don’t?

For the research project I hope to…

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