A few weeks ago, I wrote a mid-semester update of some of the films we have been studying in our ‘Future Cultures’ class at Uni.
In this post, I will be adding the second half of that project and some highlights from it. These highlights are not the entirety of our conversations, but a few points that stood out to me throughout the rest of the semester. These include quotes, articles, conversations, and more.
You may remember from my last post that our commentary ranges from personal thoughts to academic analysis, all for the purpose of unpacking ‘Future Cultures’ within various media. You can check out all my tweets at my Twitter: @BoswellSbrain. Here are a few examples:
I wanted to look at case studies done in the scientific field and look at what science is predicting not just about the future of global warming but other axis/boundaries that could cause our planet to stop being able to support life. population growth, food production, deforestation etc. I want to explore and highlight emerging technologies/practices that are helping reverse the effects we are having on the planet and hopefully prolonging the time we have for our planet to support us. Finally, I wanted to look at if we can’t save life on our planet, what is being done to save humanity.
Below are a list of my main sources
Chakrabarty, Dipesh. ‘The Anthropocene and the Convergence of Histories’ in The Anthropocene and the Global Environmental Crisis, eds. Hamilton, Gemenne and Bonneuil. Routledge, 2015, pp. 44-56.
The main topics from the weekly lectures that I drew from were future thinking, trajectories, the Anthropocene, forecasting and realism. I used these concepts to define my parameters and looked at humankinds effect on the earth.
I tried several times to engage with public audience weather through our views talking about the Anthropocene.
But even if others in classed watched the lectures they only liked my posts and not comment on it. So, these discussions were shut down. When doing my DA, I spend a lot of time doing poles on reddit communities linked to my topic mostly pt2 i was really hoping for a community curated list, but most were shut down by moderators or worse just treated as if I wanted them to do so homework for me. I also linked my DA to said reddits but they all got taken down by moderators for not being first hand sources or other reasons more ridiculous.
As for the feed back from my peers, the first comment talked a lot about a production cycle. I took this to heart and had a pretty well-defined production line in week 4-5 but due to covid and work stress my timeline keep getting pushed back. Originally, I had a audio commentary for part 1 and 3 views that I had in each post but when I went to edit the audio for part 1 Netflix’s doco I found it had way too much blank audio I only had like 30mins of commentary for an hr plus viewing.
It is Definitely something I failed at and will look to revisit before updating and adding it. I think I needed more then dot points to talk about linked to lectures and an actual script or to do 10mins at a time or something.
The second comment on my pitch made me think my reddit idea was the right part. I’m never using reddit for anything like this again. Honestly my whole experience with the platform was terrible no sub reddit really wanted to discuss anything its more here is a link I found like me now, asking reddit communities to engage with you sucks.
My final comment gave me an idea for a viewing but I already had in my mine the viewing I wanted to use for pt3 before I started.
If I’m to evolve this DA I want to really add in those audio commentaries and maybe flesh pt. 2 out more instead of it being only about climate change make it also about preparations we can start making for the inevitable.
I approached the Future Cultures DA challenge in BCM325 by iterating Lovers of Live content to focus on the next 5 years of the future of live music. To do this in a way that aligned with my existing, engaging audience, I chose to focus on specific artists like BTS, Harry Styles and ABBA to explore the ways in which the future of live music encompasses the Anthropocene, Wendell Bell’s futurology, paradigm shifts in media and technological innovations.
In Future Cultures, students are tasked with producing a digital artefact (DA) that addresses the future and has a clear target audience and public utility.
In this summary I will:
Outline my DA – including the concept, methodology, public utility and trajectory.
Identify background research that informed my DA.
Provide evidence of continual refinement of DA across the duration of the semester – a timeline comparison of the one included in my original DA pitch vs. how the project actually progressed.
1. DA overview
At the start of this semester, I pitched a concept to produce a business plan for my pre-existing Instagram account/brand – Let’s Talk About ADHD – spanning across three blog posts, as well as a nine-week content production/posting schedule. The resulting final product closely reflects this pitch; however, a structural change to the business plan was made and it was split into two posts rather than…
For my BCM325 Digital Artefact (DA), I am producing a business plan that spans across a two-part blog series. The plan addresses the short-term future of my brand – Let’s Talk About ADHD – and personal career. Part 2 includes a competitive market overview, summary of digital content created across the span of the DA, content calendar for May 2022 and a coinciding post and profile metric performance report, 2-year planned trajectory for my business and an audio segment on the future of content creation and digital marketing.
Reflecting on some of the movies we have been watching and discussing in class, I wanted to explore the idea of what portrayals of the future will look like…in the future.
We can see through the observation of movies the wonders that the future may hold or what was once believed the future would definitely be like. What I wanted to explore was how accurate these portrayals have been and what portrayals of the future will look like knowing what we know now. The whole idea here with this idea was to reflect upon the differences between what people believed the future would be like and what the future actually turned out to be like as we are living in it.
My plan was to make an Instagram page in which I would post clips and screen grabs from movies we…
This semester of BCM325 Future cultures I have been utilising my role as an executive within the UOW Digital Media Society. My digital artefact (which you can find here) looks into the short (1 year), medium (3 years) and long (5 years) future of the society. It consists of a future plan document which will be used to inform the 2022-2023 executives with the society’s current situation and our 5 year future plan.
To further the future progress of the UOWDMS through my digital artefact I have also created the UOW Digital Media Society Facebook group a central location for BCM students to network, get the latest on internship and job opportunities and know about upcoming events.
Weekly Lectures and Readings
The lecture content and weekly readings have led to exploring through my digital artefact the concept of futurists and the possible and probable future through Wendell…
One thing that was beneficial about BCM325 this session was our ability to live-tweet and watch the film in our own time, especially if we weren’t able to attend the seminar. This option was necessary for me in the final weeks of the subject, as I became unwell and was admitted into hospital. Not the best timing, but health comes first, and to my great amusement (and pleasure) there was a solid rotation of Marvel and science-fiction films on the hospital move channels!
The methods I applied to make the live-tweeting process less overwhelming proved to be effective in weeks…
My digital artifact was based on the aspects of cybernetic implants, prosthetics and other similar technologies. Some of the weekly lectures and topics were able to inspire me to do a topic like this, as I have always been curious about such technology and wanted to search into it more.
Some of the aspects that I wanted to consider when it came to cybernetic technology was its pros and cons and how it can make an impact, both negatively and positively in the future, as further technological breakthroughs and developments are being made as each year goes by. The key lecture topics that I found to fit my digital artifact were week 5 (cybernetic and cyberpunk) and week 9 (cyborgs), with each of these topics having a relevant film to the topic that we would view each week, such as Alita Battle Angel (2019) in week 9 and The Matrix…