I’m a Digital Media student, so I was interested in looking at movies and televisions shows, and in particular, the power they have to alter our perception of the reality, and also the influence they have on the future.
My main texts of research for this project were a journal article written by N.J. Schweitzer and Michael J. Sacks about ‘The CSI Effect’ and a movie directed by George Nolfi called ‘The Adjustment Bureau’. The CSI effect is essentially the phenomena where people believe what is being portrayed on television and movies as being the truth. For example, crime procedurals like CSI show a lot of technology and processes that are not real and false, yet people take it as the truth. Disregarding the main love story, The Adjustment Bureau showcases a form of teleportation technology where doors become portholes to other places. I used a fusion of both…
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The CSI Effect (Schweitzer, N.J., Saks, M.J., 2007
The CSI effect occurs because of the manner movie and television dramas, such as CSI, present forensic science. These shows portray a glorified and heavily exaggerated way, and this causes the public to have false expectations of the criminal justice system. These shows display a criminal system full of made up technologies and procedures that do not exist in the real world, immensely shorten the timeframe of the case, and imply a near perfect closure rate. Unbeknownst to some viewers, these shows adapt the real world to suit the television world, the show must be interesting for it to be successful. Schweitzer and Saks describe an experiment conducted in an effort to test if this hypothesis is real, and if it is, to what extent has it affected the public and is it affecting real-life legal proceedings? In the study a…
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Live tweeting. This is something that I had never done before. To be honest, it was somewhat daunting, the first week I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to think of anything worthwhile, but I fell into the swing of it quite quickly. Over the weeks, I learned to tweet a variety of reaction, informative, analysis, and just plain stupid content. The mix is key. Tweeting seems to be the best way of communicating as a class instead of talking and pausing the movie every five seconds. It is fun to interact with people, ponder and criticise the decisions of the characters, and making fun of the characters through the very appropriate use of memes. It’s also very exciting to see what people are going to post next and if everyone’s reaction to a scene will be the same. Twitter seems to be a perfect medium to…
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How film and television are influencing the future
Film, without a doubt, plays a key part in the future of society and technology; it has the power to sway our behaviours as a society and has a large impact of the development of technology and our abilities.
Science fiction films in particular, depict a vast number of hypothetical technologies, from weapons to personal devices, even offering predictions to the future of cyborg technology. These movies provide inspiration for future technology, as we strive to prove we are capable of making such technology a reality. An example being in ‘Star Trek’; they used flat, touch-based devices called Personal Access Display Devices (PADD) which have a striking resemblance to Apple’s iPad’s and other tablet devices created some 20 years after the show. Sometimes the opposite happens, like in ‘Back to the Future’, where 2015 was meant to have amazing tech like self-lacing…
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"Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data." Neuromancer (@GreatDismal) .