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Live-tweeting: learning from each week

Upside Down

Live-tweeting is no easy task. It requires multitasking, a lot of concentration and quick thinking which probably are some of my weakest skill sets. To be honest, at first, I was super scared of not coping well with it. But throughout the weeks, I feel like I’m learning to navigate that well.

Week 1: As I said, I was pretty nervous with live-tweeting in the beginning and didn’t prepare well for the first screening. Metropolis was also extra challenging for being a silent movie and one that I had never watched before. I struggled to tweet throughout the movie and engage with peers but learnt for the next week.
wk 1Week 2: Taking my experience of the first week into account, I decided to prepare better for that week’s screening. I did some previous research and pre-planned tweets, which was really helpful. The fact that I had watched 2001: a space…

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For the Record, Live tweeting about the future

The purpose of this critical self-reflection post of my live-tweeting during the screenings in BCM325 Future Cultures is to self-grade my engagement of the subject and put on record for all to see what in my view feel I lack or could do better as I continue my studies in future cultures.

I’d like to start this self-grading backwards looking at my final tweet to date about our latest screening of Minority Report.

While this tweet got a fair few like from other students and had some substance. Looking back at it I realise I only said it a quick retort and should have looked at actual evidence or theory on the issue. This would have helped expand my initial idea and could have produced a bit better debate, then what I’m assuming were mostly likes in agreeance of a mutual dislike of the NRA.

That being said when I did do the research and linked in material, I sometimes found it fell on deaf ears granted my tweeter following isn’t grand and those looking at the tags BCM325 and Minority Report on tweeter between 8:30am and 11:30am are not numerous but it was disheartened to see hard work not pay off (tweet below). Maybe one thing I could do is start increasing the number of tags on tweets, this may slow down the number of ideas I tweet during a screening but could lead to better interaction with other students during the screening and further audiences.

I have however found a little success with regurgitating other critical analyses as I understand them that I have found online and agreed with. Maybe because the tweets act like they come from an authoritarian stance that others prefer to retweet or like them because they sound more like statements than my views as a tweet. Finding similarities to previous screenings has also been received well.

Before I speak on the biggest engagements I had and the successes that I didn’t see or capitalise on. There were a few tweets that while they had engagement, I do feel I wish I had articulated them better. A few times throughout the screenings I found meme posting to be quicker and an easier stop to post my viewpoint especial with GIFs. While some offered insight often they were just triggers. Like the tweet below about the tourists in Westworld while it got the likes and retweets it offered little information about what I wanted to say about consumers of Westworld.

I was looking to answer questions posed by other students during the screenings and when I saw ones, I could answer I did. However, I did find that when doing so they often just led to a like then a discussion, maybe due to the topic being moved on from in the movie and everyone trying to stay current maybe follow up comments after the screening are not a bad idea but I generally don’t think a lot of students would be enthusiastic in engaging in such debates outside of the screening.

In the screening of 2001 a space odyssey, because of my BIT studies, I was aware of the Turing test and was able to ask about whether Hal would pass the test early in the screening. I do regret not entering into the comments on the tweet other than liking as I did have more to say but didn’t speak up.

A tweet I had at the start of Bladerunner sparked a bit more of a debate that I was heavily active in. The reason for this is because my major is Japanese and I’ve always been fascinated by the use of Asian culture in media. Globalisation and soft power are two topics I love to discuss and I was not only surprised when others showed interest in language, but also their different views on the subject’s representation in Sci-fi.

Finally, one of my tweets during 2001 a space odyssey reached outside the scope of BCM325 and someone in Cape Town, South Africa who must have seen the topic trending and wanted to input his interpretation on the film. I don’t know if I should be proud of this or not it feels like luck of the draw to me but I do feel I should engage with these responses more than just liking from now on. The future films we are screening look interesting and other than Ghost in the Shell and The Matrix I haven’t seen so I’m hoping to have more engagement of the live-tweeting process.

Future Cultures Tweets – Metropolis to Minority Report

The Space Between The Sky

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]


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


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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Live Tweeting: Assignment 1

By Jessica McVicar

I started BCM325, not going to lie, very hesitant about the live-tweeting element of the subject. During the first live screening of Metropolis, this quickly turned into enjoyment and throughout the last 6 weeks, I’ve developed an appreciation for the act. At first, I did find analysing, theorising, and keeping up with the films simultaneously, challenging. Though, reflecting back on today’s screening of Minority Report 2002, I’ve realised that I now find it less challenging to encode messages whilst providing feedback at the same time.  This is a vital tool as a communicator and I’m excited d to see this skill continue to develop during this session.

Over these first 6 weeks, I learnt that the most effective thing I could do was engage with my peers in conversation. This would allow us to feed off of each other’s ideas and grow our individual analysis’s. I  achieved this through retweeting…

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BCM325~ Live Tweeting Reflection

Paris' Perspective

Throughout the semester, we have watched four different films that explore the concept of the future, these include Metropolis (1927), 2001: A space odyssey (1968), Westworld (1973) and Blade Runner (1982). Whilst watching these films we were required to live tweet about them.

For most of my tweets, I aimed to use journal articles, quality media and popular news sources to give evidence in what I was tweeting about, the links for the article were embedded in the tweets so that others could further read about it.

*Note: my tweets are hyperlinked in the blog 

meyMetropolis, because it was the first film we watched, I found it hard to understand the concept of the movie and live- tweet at the same time. I was also not comfortable with live tweeting and found myself second- guessing what I would post. This can be seen through the minimal number of tweets…

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Last Lot of Live Tweets

This time around my posts on Twitter was a bit more refined. I did make sure to include some links to different articles this time around which my first set of tweets definitely lacked. To do this while watching a movie I would look up an object of the movie that interested me and then the movie name afterwards, it seemed to work 90% of the time with finding articles that no one else seemed to have found.


I also focused a lot more on character and costume design this time around. Especially since I love costuming, I would look up if the costuming of a certain movie was important or how long it took to create.

I also still posted some interaction making posts which I will call a bit memey and purely based off of jokes like these ones.

I definitely didn’t post as many tweets this time since I wanted my tweets to be well thought out including links to articles with interesting reads or making certain they were relevant towards the scenes. I tried to make certain that I wasn’t too late with the tweets and if the movie went to long past an article I was trying to find I would usually scrap that tweet since no one might get it anymore. I think the key to live tweeting is being fast and being relevant, two challenges that if successful, the interactions go up in the number of engagement.

Speaking of interactions, like I said earlier I did try to post tweets that would hopefully gain a higher interaction, which I think compared to my last group of tweets gained a lot more engagement. I also liked almost every tweet I agreed with which ended up being a lot. I attempted to reply to more tweets but I think compared to the last lot of live tweeting, I didn’t reply to as many. I also attempted to retweet some tweets that I heavily agreed with or were interesting but again unlike the last lot of live tweets I don’t think I retweeted as much.

To further improve on live tweeting, I think I could add more questions to my tweets which would open up room for easy engagement with others, since I did see others doing this in their tweets towards the end of the session. Tweet deck once again helped immensely although if I ever needed to find a gif for something I would go straight to my phone app, find the tweet and look for a gif from there. The ability to have the same hashtag twice one to be able to read and one to keep up with the tweets were just too helpful and I’d definitely recommend it in the future. Here is the link for those interested! This subject has by far been one of my favourite subjects in my course and it has taught me a lot about engagement and the future.