Category Archives: Futurism

The Future of Dogs

Rebekah Lavy

My Digital Artefact is my dogs Instagram and TikTok accounts. In this project I will explore possible dog futures in terms of health and lifestyle and how these are reflected in social media.
I have always loved dogs and got my first one 10 years ago. Six years ago, I started a dog Instagram account for him, where I get to practice my photography skills and post about my dog life for fun. By 2019 I was invited to events and morning TV shows as well getting free products from brands. Since then, my account has grown, and I now have 9k + followers. I also have more than 2k followers on TikTok.

Check out my video to learn more about my project!

Background Research:

Initial research shows that there has been a significant change in the way that dogs are viewed by people. No longer are dogs chained to a kennel and kept in the back-garden, they are now seen as people’s “fur-babies” and a treasured family member.

Back in the 1980s people couldn’t have imagined how people would be treating their pets today.

Recent research found that buying things for their pets made millennials happy during the Covid lockdown and was a form of self-care.

Today people throw dog parties for their dogs with cakes and decorations, there are dog cafes with dog food on the menu, dogs are dressed up in clothes and are social media influencers with millions of followers.

The “Future is Now”

According to Moore, if there is anything you can take away from Bell’s Futures Studies book is: “it is very much concerned with the now, because if you focus purely on prediction you are unlikely to have the right information to come up with a viable plan of action for the future.”

Dog parties are definitely the future now and show how the dog community/world has changed in such short period of time.

This weekend I am having a dog party for my youngest puppy, and brands have given me free products. I hope the party will help my account to grow a bit, but at the same time it is just for fun.

Possible, Probable and Preferable Futures:

Possible: I believe the dog world on Instagram will continue to grow as well as on other social media platforms like TikTok, but it may be harder to be seen as more and more people want to be a part of this lifestyle with their furry friend.

Probable: In 10 years’ time I also think there will be more mixed dog breeds as more people become aware of the health benefits of mixed dogs compared to the genetic problems experienced by pure bred dogs. For example, many Cavaliers have heart issues and don’t live past 5 years, whereas Cavoodles who are a mix of poodle and Cavalier live for much longer, Poodle cross dogs are also better for people who have allergies and there may be more poodle type crosses in the future.

It will be interesting to see in ten years’ time, if Cavoodles are still seen as a mix breed, or if they are considered a breed in their own right. Also, will mixed dog breeds lead to original breeds with health problems dying out?

Preferable: In 10 years I would like to see dogs being more accepted and welcomed in Australian society as they are in countries overseas like America, where they are allowed on planes and in restaurants.

References:

Bell, W., 1998. Making people responsible: The possible, the probable, and the preferable. American Behavioral Scientist, 42(3), pp.323-339. https://moodle.uowplatform.edu.au/pluginfile.php/3291130/mod_resource/content/1/Making_people_responsible_The.pdf

Cox, J 2018 ‘Do millennials opt for a ‘fur baby’ because they’re broke – or scared of responsibility?’ The Guardian, April 2019, viewed 16 March 2022 https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/19/millennials-fur-babies-responsibility-pamper-pet

Hanbury, M 2018 ‘Millennials are treating pets like ‘their firstborn child,’ and it’s reportedly causing problems for some of the best-known pet food brands’ Business Insider Australia, November 2018, viewed 16 March 2022 https://www.businessinsider.com.au/millennials-buy-high-end-pet-food-hurts-purina-kibbles-n-bits-2018-11

Mediakix 2022 ‘10 Famous Instagram dogs to follow now’ viewed 16 March 2022
https://mediakix.com/blog/top-dogs-of-instagram-to-follow/

Moore, C 2022 BCM325 ‘Multiple Futures – Part Two’ Lecture viewed 17 March 2022 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU8JbEy-2QI&t=901s

Mull, A 2021 ‘Why So Many Millennials Are Obsessed With Dogs’ The Atlantic, September 2021 viewed 16 March 2022 https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/09/why-millennials-are-so-obsessed-with-dogs/619489/

Ypulse 2020 ‘76% of Millennials Are Pet Parents—Here’s What They’ve Been Buying for Them’ viewed 16 March 2022 https://www.ypulse.com/article/2020/08/24/76-of-millennials-are-pet-parents-heres-what-theyve-been-buying-for-them/

Live Tweeting for Dummies

Josephine Doyle

5 weeks ago, I participated in my first ever live tweeting during a screening of Metropolis.

Since then, every Thursday afternoon I have been engaging in live tweeting during a screening of other important science fiction films with the BCM325 Future Cultures cohort. Consider this blog post a Live Tweeting for Dummies – what to do and what not to do.

Live tweeting is a new concept for me and week by week I have evidently improved through trial and error. By critiquing some of my better and worse tweets, I’m going to build a constructive plan on how I will improve my live tweets in the weeks to come.

Before the first screening I formulated the guidelines on what my live tweets should look like based on the marking rubric and the live tweeting prompts provided to us.

Metropolis (1927)

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Exploring Possible Futures

Josephine Doyle

As discussed in Ziauddin Sardar’s 2014 ‘Welcome to postnormal times’, it is the now which brings the many possible futures into being. This was the common thread tying all of our possible futures projects together.

In the critique of and engagement with the following project pitches, I drew mostly from Eleonora Masini’s ‘Reconceptualising Futures: a Need and a Hope’. Masini’s discussion on how the visions of a desirable future are embedded in the social structures from which they emerge really stood out to me in our Future Cultures lectures.

The process for my critique was to split a screen with the pitch and an open google document with a criteria checklist. I would make notes underneath each point and then later expand on them using the notes I have from our BCM325 lectures in my notebook physically next to me. Finally I would compare their work to the…

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Investigating the Future of Women in Leadership

Josephine Doyle

Around 50 years ago, Alice Sheldon was a successful science fiction writer publishing under the male pseudonym James Tiptree Jr.. When she was discovered to be a woman, Alice lost a lot of respect from the male-dominated science fiction community (Lovell, 2016).

Interview with Julie Phillips – author of ‘James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon’

Since then, the representation of women in leadership roles has increased. However in 2020 there were more male CEO’s named Andrew than the combined number of females leading ASX200 companies (Hill, 2020).

Premium Vector | Young business woman stands out among many business men
(Freepik, 2021)

In predicting and evaluating such future cultures, my project timeline will be adapted according to feedback from my audience. I will also be engaging with users in reddit forums such as r/womenleadership to make more informed projections. The project will evaluate the benefits of a future culture with more female leadership in up to 50…

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Future Cultures Tweets – Metropolis to Minority Report

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Social media is often criticised for promoting a sort of ‘speak-before-you-think’ mentality. Regardless of your opinion of this statement, it is always good practice to examine the work you have produced, including social media posts. This is especially true when those social media posts (in this case, tweets), are produced in an academic or professional environment. So let’s take a look at some of the highlights of my first few weeks of live tweeting the films I have been watching for BCM 325: Future Cultures.

Week One – Metropolis (1927)

Having not tweeted during class for a long time, starting with a film I had seen before (albeit a while ago), was a nice way to begin the semester. Amongst the tweets I prepared beforehand was my personal favourite for the week, and coincidently, the tweet that performed best when looking at the analytics of that week.

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live tweeting [part 1]

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Metropolis Online

Week 1 – Metropolis (Lang, 1927)

For my first week of live-tweeting I decided to compile my tweets about Metropolis into a thread. Although this seemed like a great idea in theory, I felt that it didn’t quite work for the live-tweeting experience as each tweet explored a self-contained idea about the film. Threads seemed to be better suited to the stringing together of tweets that focus on the same general topic or argument. I used a literary approach for my analysis of this film, focusing on the ideas and concepts being portrayed on-screen as well as key inter-textual references.

Evidence of live-tweeting and engagement in discussion

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Week 2 – 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968)

This week I made an effort to draw upon the subject materials in a few of my tweets. I decided not to compile my tweets in a thread so that I could improve the…

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critical self-reflection of comments (part 1)

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‘COVID-19: WHAT DOES THE FUTURE LOOK LIKE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES?’

Grace’s digital artefact topic is the future of small businesses during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically how online presence will become an essential part of engaging with customers. Grace will be examining this idea through her own social media business that began this year. Her website offers a range of social media packages from general advisory to content creation and page management. She plans to offer her services free of charge or at a reduced rate to small business struggling to transition to an online business model during the outbreak. Grace’s methods when promoting these businesses will consider the government guidelines set in place regarding COVID-19.

In my comment, I commended Grace’s thorough planning and digital artefact utility. I was interested to hear more about her methodology, and what her new website packages would entail. I suggested that Grace…

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cyberculture [digital artefact pitch]

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“High tech.  Low life.”

Background Research

I’ll be researching the history and iconography of the cyberpunk genre so that I can successfully incorporate cyberpunk references and ideas into my original content. This can be achieved by familiarising myself with and analyzing popular cyberpunk literature, films, news media, academic articles, and lecture materials.

Literature; Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Philip K. Dick, 1968), The Shockwave Rider (John Brunner, 1975), Neuromancer (William Gibson, 1984)

Films; Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982), Ghost in the Shell (Mamoru Oshii, 1995) Alita: Battle Angel (Robert Rodriguez, 2019)

News Media; Bringing Cyberpunk 2077 To Life (GameSpot, 2019), Neon and corporate dystopias: why does cyberpunk refuse to move on? (The Guardian, 2018), What Is Cyberpunk? (Neon Dystopia)

Academic Articles/Books; 

Csicsery-Ronay, I., 1988. Cyberpunk and neuromanticism. Mississippi Review16(2/3), pp.266-278.

Featherstone, M. and Burrows, R. eds., 1996. 

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BCM 325 DA Pitch

My BCM325 Future Cultures DA is going to be looking into the future of camera technology in the next 10 years. I am interested to look at how new technology will assist the modern day photographer. These include bigger sensors, wireless transfer of files via the cloud, and AI inside cameras to assist you.

My DA fits the F.I.S.T principle:

Fast: I have access to information through the internet. I also have access to my camera which I am going to film it on.

Inexpensive: This will not cost me anything.

Simple: I have a plan I am going to follow as outlined in my pitch.

Tiny: This is an easy DA to achieve.