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Approaching the Future Cultures DA Challenge

Future Cultures DA Focus: Consider the future in the next 5, 10, 25, or 50 years

The Future Cultures challenge for this subject was to consider the future in the next 5 to 50 years, in a field of our choice. We’re well versed with the concept of digital artefacts here in BCM, but this was the first time I’ve went about developing one with a specific aim linked to our subject content. After considering the future of vlogging, I switched directions and focused instead on the short-term future of fashion through a ‘fashion lookbook’ video and discussion.

Research on the future of fashion revealed its common focus on sustainability and ‘slow fashion’ to combat the rise of cheap fabrics, worker exploitation and waste. Conceptually, the concept of slow fashion originated from the Slow Food movement…

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Live Tweeting Part 2: We Tweet Again

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The final update to my live-tweeting journey is here (see Live Tweeting Part 1: Tweet of the Moment). You know the gist: weekly screenings, sci-fi movies, linking to our lectures and additional content, and a nice bonus of attracting the attention of an existing fandom. 


Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

This movie was one of my favourite screenings, so I found it comparably more difficult to keep posting and watching at the same time. Our tutorial class seemed to be really captivated with the colour palette of the film, which is visually stunning, but we managed to get back to business.

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three heads are Beta than one

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We’re back for a Part 2 of commenting and reflecting our Future Cultures Digital Artefact, this time for our Project Beta update. As I already mentioned in my Part 1 post with our Project Pitches, the sheer range of topics able to be analysed under the future thinking framework is possibly the best part of this subject, where commenting on our peers’ projects really opens my eyes to how creative and different our DA’s can be.

Sean’s project is to consider the future of social media in a series of blog posts, first with a general overview of the short- and long-term predictions, researching the role of social media management and finally linking it all together with this own photography business project and platforms.

My comment specified lecture content that I thought was the most relevant for his topic in considering the future of social media management as field and…

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project beta: back to the fashion

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Initially for my digital artefact, I planned to incorporate my growing interest in filming and editing lifestyle vlogs to post weekly videos and explore the culture around journaling and surveillance with a future studies lens. While feedback was positive, I hadn’t figured out how to integrate what we were learning in the subject into the scope and utility of the project.

Inspiration struck during one of our screenings, and I decided to tackle the future of fashion through a study of speculative fashion in media and how it can impact current behaviours, both in terms of fashion trends and related social issues such as identity, sustainability and consumerism, using the frameworks of Wendell Bell and Marshall McLuhan.

Images of the future are undeniably supported by the fashion and look of characters in such texts. Fashion and colour theory is utilised to create specific meanings and characterisations, and can be examined…

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Live-tweeting Part 1

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We interrupt this semester to bring you the Part 1 update of my first live-tweeting experience, with classic sci-fi movies I feel like I should’ve already seen, brought to you by BCM325 Future Cultures.

Engaging with popular media is possibly my favourite part of studying Communications and Media at UOW, as it feels like it keeps my studies relevant with what’s actually being created, funded, distributed and consumed by real people out there in the real world. Our weekly screenings of influential classic sci-fi films help me do exactly this by examining these popular movies under the framework of future studies.


2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 

We kicked things off with 2001: A Space Odyssey, directed by Stanley Kubrick. I don’t know how I could say I like sci-fi movies without having seen this classic. It was so much fun diving into the live-tweeting vibe and engaging with my…

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Pitch comments and reflection

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As part of my BCM325 Future Cultures unit, I posted three comments in response to my peers’ DA project pitches.

Jordan’s project is to build a functional robot prototype using Blender, a 3D modelling program, and post weekly project status updates that apply future thinking to the concept of robots.

Grace’s project tackles the issues of fast fashion using video essays, focusing on the company SHEIN, and discusses its future economic and environmental implications, ultimately aiming to education her audience in making more informed decisions.

Bella’s project looks at the future of food, utilising existing academic research that looks at its history and future to inspire and create YouTube videos and Instagram food content.

With each comment, I did my best to describe their pitch within the context of the Future Cultures subject and how it related to the field of future studies. Each project went in very different directions…

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The future of vlogging

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Did you ever write in a diary?

Diaries provide a means of writing ourselves into the world and were considered an almost obligatory companion during the 19th century, coined ‘the golden age of the diary’. It’s linked to the quest for individuality or self, developing during the 20th century into a more modernist drive for deliberate self-creation in a more aesthetic or political sense (Ibrahim 2002, p. 3).

Would those writing diaries 200 years ago have imagined what it has turned into today?

Still a relatively new phenomenon, vlogging has links to all kinds of disciplines, such as tourism, advertising and social movements (e.g. de Janns & Hudders 2020, Phelps-Ward & Laura 2016, Lee & Watkins 2016, Folkvord et al. 2018). Just as advancements in printing and literacy made diaries a more accessible activity, the rising accessibility to the internet, cameras and editing software allowed for diaries to cross over…

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