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The Host – Korean Film

I have never quite indulged in Korean culture or films, which is obvious by my confused reaction to this one. However, I work at a hotel and we get large tour groups of Korean people coming into stay for numerous nights everyday. Through this, the Koreans I have had experiences with are overly polite, nodding and smiling at me as they pass by the reception desk or terribly angry about something in the room, but who knows what because I’m being yelled at in a language I don’t understand.

As for Asia, I visited Vietnam and Cambodia when I was 15 wth my family and spent a month in Japan when I was 18 and fell in love with it. Japan is so rich with culture and reminded me of another dimension where everything lights up and anything can be bought from a vending machine.

Apart from this, I have nothing to do with Asia. I was born and have lived in Australia all my life, aside from the 6 months I spent in England at the beginning of this year and have had a classic suburban Aussie upbringing, playing cricket on the street on Christmas day and having a Barbecue at least three times a week.

On Wednesday this week our class viewed ‘The Host’. It’s a 2006 Korean Sci-Fi Thriller and to me it was unusual AF. I pointed out this out in my live tweeting, one tweet reading ‘Comedy or horror???????? #BCM320‘ … I also related the direction style to that of ‘Scary Movie 4’, specifically the war of the worlds part. The rest of the class was just as confused why the production team behind this movie intentionally mixed thriller and slap-stick, overacted comedy. One classmate tweeted that this was because the films makers believed that there needed to be more comedy in thriller films.

Honestly, the class was laughing at the parts that were supposed to be funny so I suppose it was successful. There was a genuine sadness in me for the family as they mourned the loss of their niece, Hyun Seo.  All in all, I was very entertained by the movie and, although, 13 years old, was ahead of its time (in my opinion). I can relate various elements of the film to certain episodes of Black Mirror or Stranger Things, both very modern “Netflix Original’s”. 

I mentioned in my tweets that I also found it “Funny how a stubborn old white American man is the reason for all this turmoil in Korea …. this film was beyond its years”, not to hint to American politics at all. As soon as the film, began we were notified of who the evil force was, with the very discernible contrast between the attitudes and cultures of the two lab workers.

I’m looking forward to delving deeper into the realms of Asian Film Land 🙂


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Live Tweeting Recap :)

Olivia French

Over the past weeks in BCM325 or Future Cultures we have been live tweeting. At first, I didn’t even know the meaning of the phrase ‘Live Tweeting’ but later discovered through joining in that it is tweeting throughout an event as to show your point of view and comment on that event.

These are some of my best tweets over the 8 week experience.

Viewing One:

The first viewing was ‘Ghost in the Shell’. This tweet was one of my first live tweets and is interesting to me because I didn’t know what to do! I thought something that could be interesting would be sharing an article but the reality is that while watching the movie, no one really going to read an article at the same time. My main audience was the class around me and I found that this was not the most efficient tweet for this setting…

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Olivia French

As I mentioned in a previous BCM325 blog post, my digital artefact will be a photography piece depicting a humans undying reliance on smartphones, therefore making the technological device an extension of ourselves. This establishes the idea that we are cyborgs. I also went into some depth about the relevance this holds to Marshall Mcluhan’s words; “Rapidly, we approach the final phase of the extensions of man– the technological simulation of consciousness, when the creative process of knowing will be collectively and corporately extended to the whole of human society, much as we have already extended our senses and our nerves by the various media Whether the extension of consciousness, so long sought by advertisers for specific products, will be “a good thing” is a question that admits of a wide solution.” Mcluhan (1964, p. 5).

I am currently in the process of creating my digital artefact and am still…

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Olivia French

For me, an idea for this artefact has been the hardest for me to uncover. I found this because cyber culture is such a widely covered concept, especially in university projects, that is difficult to make original or at least new. I then realised that to think of an innovative idea I would have to narrow the concept I am focusing on down to (not just Cyberculture, but) Cybernetics IN Cyberculture. Cybernetics interests me because it establishes the connection between machines and humans.

Through the research I have done and the information in the seminars so far I personally believe that the structure of machines and how they function is based off humans, especially in modern technology. Arnold Schwarzenegger is actually a machine by the way … just saying. Anyway, is this because we have become more comfortable in allowing machines to replicate us as a comfort because we acknowledge…

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