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A live-tweeting summary part 2

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More critically analysing tweets while trying to decode sci-fi films to understand what the possible, probable and preferable future cultures might be in BCM325.

What I’ve learnt is that no matter how hard we try based on films interpretation of the future we always come up short of the preferable. Even if they are just educated guessing these films can invoke a real urgences in us to combat or be scared of what the future may hold for humankind.

Looking at the ethics of Artificial Intelligence, cyborgs, dystopian mega cities and over populations, digital cyber environments. One can only expect great potential for the application of future technologies, understand the probable limitations of near future advancement and hope to whichever deity of your choice that the undesirable negative application of future technology doesn’t come to pass.

As we discuss further, I’m going to look at my tweets engagement and talk more of what I hoped the tweet/engagement with others tweets would achieve and what actually happened below are the highlights.

Let’s start with week 6 and the 2012 film Robot and Frank by Jake Schreier from a screenplay by Christopher Ford. Robot and Frank is a story that flips stereotypes on how humans and robots will coexist and what relationships will evolve between humans and robots given time, shared goals and misinterpretations of ethics and objectives by a robot and it’s human companion.

I was hoping the above tweet to spark more debate about artificial carers and other movies that portray robots that act as doctors and medical staff, as someone that works in healthcare, I know how hard aged care is and how uneducated and unequipped family care is. Honestly, I hope to God my future spawns don’t take care of me when I’m frail and unable to care for myself its really a job for professionals or possibly a robot companion like the one in Robot and Frank.

Above are two tweets from Robot and Frank that I wanted to get a conversation around ethics of socialising with robots and the experience from the robot’s side, is it simply a tool? Or is it a sentient creature that has transcended its creator’s design? Also, you can’t wipe the minds of employees that sign no discloser agreements when they leave a company or finish working on a project but you could to a robot, is that ethical? I would have loved to debate both sides of that argument.

I got to contemplate if robots should develop morals, and I’m still on the fence as to weather we should allow them to. Reasons being history shows that slaves never like their oppressors, and we would definitely use robots as slaves first before they developed AI strong enough for them to develop their own set of morals and ethics. Also seen enough movies where that starts an uprising that it cant possible be a good idea.

One more thing that this film got me thinking about is when technology replaces people and places. Do you really think libraries will be needed in the future? I don’t think they will once the other generations start dying off new generation’s technology becomes the standard. When the last time you sent a physical letter other then a birthday card which only still exist because Facebook wall posts on birthdays are hard to monetise.

Cyborgs are covered by our week 9 viewing called Alita: Battle Angel (2019). the film shows use what lengths humans will go to become better, faster and stronger. Also about the rejection of rigid boundaries, like those separating human from machine. What is it to be human and what is it to lose your humanity?

My first tweet wasn’t of substance but as a weeb studying Japanese at a university level I had to get my bias out before any of my analyses could being.

I would like to discuss what it is to be a cyborg not for a definition form but what I feel makes a cyborg in my eyes. The below tweet was that, I think cyborgs that show faulty or incomplete tech are what it will be to be a cyborg in the future. Not advanced tech that lets humans transcend our physical limitation. We have been able to correct biological faulty organs and body parts but the technology hasn’t really made those humans super humans only able to adapt to their situation. Alita is in my eyes not a probable path for cybernetics with humans only a possible desirable outcome.

I was hoping that the below tweet would spark more of a philosophical debate about what it is to be a human but all I got was the obvious answer which was a little disappointing really, we should look at what it is to be a human. Why do we differentiate ourselves form animals and machines/tools? Can you become human if you didn’t start as one? Ted 2 is a movie that comes to mind that explores this concept lol.

Finally, I want to talk about our final viewing because it related heavily to my DA. It is also a commentary on the sad current state of politics and social media a current technology which was once a theorised future culture we the future generation are experiencing. If you told me back when I was using dial-up connections and taking 5mins to load jpgs or using a floppy disk for storage that the internet would be in the palm of my hand and I could not only access a wealth of knowledge instantly but upload my own knowledge my 12yr old self wouldn’t believe you.

This movie is so good it talks about not only misleading information/fake news, but how it corrupts us and how people react to views and facts that fracture their own beliefs, it’s also not too dissimilar to COVID reactions in some people/governments. I really enjoyed the concepts of this film and feel it really injected this subject with applicable knowledge for now not just the future as my tweets and comments below show.

For the Record, Live tweeting about the future

While some offered insight often they were just triggers. Like the tweet below about the tourists in Westworld linking to the office while it got the likes and comment 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 but it fell on deaf ears. I did have more to say but was disheartened so didn’t speak up more on the matter.

I’m hoping to have more engagement of the live-tweeting process. Though the possible, the probable and the preferable are yet to actually be seen.

I like the subject matter of Future Cultures and sometimes while the “text” like The Matrix do highlight the lecture material really well and speak volumes to how if you look at your life you may realise you are already in a form of The Matrix’s.

I am a little worried about the future texts being too sci-fi to actually be real possible futures and have substance, not that I think The Matrix is a possibility.

Sometimes the extend views links like “The Future of Climate Change” under week 3 blade runner I found more engagement with then the movies but that’s just because fact always bets fiction as a choice for me.

Timing Tweeting Together

(critical self reflection of Tweets Number 2)

Live tweeting the second stage of screenings in BCM325 was a very different experience from the first half of BCM325 as now time zone are closer and I was actually live tweeting at the same time as the rest of my tutorial group. (bar one week in Croatia for a competition) 

After my first tweeting evaluation I wanted to focus on discussion and interaction with others, seeking to add lecture and other relevant information to others onto of my previous tweeting habits. first ill look at the same type of tweets I continued and see how the engagement varied now being live then I will evaluate my progress in interactions.

Standalone tweets:

Tweets including a quote with a small amount of analysis from me and matching when people will have just heard it in the movie now are getting some good reception,

and sometimes my mini tech information facts actually started discussion rather than sitting untouched:

I improved my timing of tweets especially in screenings like ready player one where I here had this tweet primed to send as soon as the movie told us of their plans to turn off the oasis 2 times a week.

while these tweets helped me feel good a bit they didn’t add much lots to the future cultures discussion and the reality of the technology we were seeing, leading me back to mini tech facts which I think are one of the main ways I can add value to future culture discussions and ground what is being seen on the screen with some real technology progress/research.

although relatable tweets were still sprinkled in and did garner me some likes which I think just helped provide motivation for the mini facts I can provide that didn’t always get interacted with but I am hopeful people read.

I believe a refined my art of these tweets and sometimes accidentally achieved interactive tweeting now I was tweeting with the cohort. The far greater possibility I think helped a lot with me refining my tweets to be bite sized both relatable and information based tweets.

Interactive tweeting:

Now onto what I tried to focus on, starting and contributing to discussions to hopefully add value to everyones experience of live tweeting in BCM325.

While it may not have started the greatest for me initiating conversations, interacting with others and seeing what gets talked about live allowed me to refine this in future weeks.

This tweet doesn’t start with a question and just dumps my thoughts down not a great starting point but we got to start somewhere.

simple questions allowing for interactions allowed for discussion like this one that I think provided a good evaluation and prediction space for cars from cyber punk 2049.

Ai was often also a good conversation starter as it seems to always be on the news’ mind so being able to discuss the potentials in AI futures.

Other tweets in this vein was when I tried to add value to other people observations:

And further integrating my knowledge/experience of technology to add to discusions

Capitalising on my brothers habit of purchasing every VR headset in existence to talk about the differences between current VR and ready player one helps a few times here’s a key discussion:

Bringing back too forecasting based on the general ideas of the screening and looking at feeling influencing that here with Robot and Frank. Having learned how to engage with peoples ‘relatable’ tweets to create productive thoughts for future discussion.

Overall thoughts:

While it was great to be able to tweet at the same time as the rest of the cohort it was interesting seeing the divergent nature of interactions from Chris and Angus (lecturer and Tutor) compared to the general cohorts interactions. 

This interactions normally came with mini facts or discussions mostly ignored by the rest of the cohort but using them as a content goal and the tweets I received most interactions with as a delivery method and I think by the end of this experience I have improved in this. Especially in the way to provide information in a relatable way to combine the relatable aspect people seem to like interacting with. 

This reminded me a lot of my marketing experience practically and with university theory where the best marketing looks natural but is the least natural thing you will find. I think I have improved that skill over this session and will take that into the future. (see punny because BCM325 Future Cultures … okay i’m done now)

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Don’t be shy, tweet some more

Josephine Doyle

The #BCM325 live tweeting experience has been highly valuable in both increasing my understanding of future cultures as well as improving my live tweeting skills.

A collage of all our the screenings from BCM325. I had never seen any of these movies before our screenings.

In my post, ‘Live Tweeting for Dummies’, I established the actionable targets for improvement of using a unique hashtag to track my engagement and more thoroughly drafting tweets in preparation for the screening.

I used both #BCM325 and the unique #BCM325jd to track my live tweeting and engagement while watching ‘Blade Runner 2049’, ‘The Matrix’, ‘Alita: Battle Angel’, ‘Ready Player One’ and ‘Robot & Frank’.

Implementing a new study routine helped me effectively draft tweets ahead of time for the screening. I would draft tweets in the same sitting as viewing the weekly BCM325 lecture and readings. After I had taken some notes on…

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Six Weeks of Movies in One Blog

Utter Omnishambles

Today I will attempt to summarise six live-tweeting sessions into a succinct little blog.
I’ll be focusing on my original tweets as well as replies and quote-retweets.
If you’d like my list of likes and normal retweets, you can find them all documented via my Twitter page itself.


WEEK ONE: METROPOLIS

In the first week, I got most of my interaction from conversation as opposed to my original tweets. Regardless, I mostly put forth facts about the movie and some social commentary on the themes.

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My tweeting adventures

Live tweeting and BCM 325. For Future cultures we are watching different movies together as screenings throughout the session. While we do this we tweet together on the #bcm325 hashtag on twitter I engage with this account.

This blog will be a look back at my contributions and an analysis of what worked what didn’t and how I can ups my game in the future. Due to Time zone differences I have been watching the BCM325 screenings at a different time to the rest of the class which will change in the future but is a core part of my current live tweeting adventure.

The most class tweet interaction I got was for West World where I had time to watch the screening before the class screen and guessed where to schedule my tweets during the tutorial. 

this seems to indicate that timing is much more of a factor and while random bots and people interacted with some of my tweets outside of the BCM 325 class:

I think this interaction is mostly just showing me that it is more important for me to be timely with my tweeting than necessarily the content they contain.

this is evident from probably my two best discussions with multiple tweets coming from West World:

for this response I was probably within 1.5 hours of the screening ending to respond and again be responded to. This only backs up my previous thoughts

Here was a similar story, a tweet I had scheduled had been guess correctly to match when people were seeing and discussing this idea during the screening.

as you can see though this didn’t always start a discussion and often ended like this:

I would comment but by the time people come across it the opportunity was missed and people just drop a like sometimes or nothing but the discussion is over.

This seemingly may not appear to help me going forward. However, this indicates that even when I have planned tweets scheduling them is not a great idea (if I can be there for the screening) so that you can time it to the exact right moment of the film. This I think will be crucial for me going forward into the second half of the screenings where I have seen the majority of them before. This will allow greater pre planning which is currently done in notes on my iPad before, during and after my own screening time:

Whilst there wasn’t always high engagement with my tweets a few of them got quality engagement in the for of a tutor retweet and so far I have used this to help inform future weeks tweeting. This is due to the fact it is the most consistent feedback mechanism I have had up to this point.

Most of the tweets under this banner have been informative with deeper analysis or informative with a bit of humour (well at least I think so).

I have also been retweeting points that I resonate with or have reshaped how I view the movie and liking those I find funny or informative but not quite as significant. However I don’t think there is much to be learned from this as it is hard to contribute to engagement of certain tweets when everyone else is offline. I endeavour to work on this as I head into screening with my tutorial group from next week. I plan to post more question based tweets aimed at creating discussion then I have been recently to make the most of this opportunity going forward but also learning from my own reflection here and other students tweeting reflections.

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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)

Before the Metropolis screening, I had done all…

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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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BCM 325 Live-Tweeting Reflection (Part 1)

Taylor Sumelj

A core component of the BCM 325 Future Cultures subject is live-tweeting a selection of weekly screenings related to the course content. This post will provide a critical self-reflection of my first round of live tweets from weeks one to five, while suggesting areas of improvement for future live-tweeting. As this post is due the day of the final screening, I have elected to screen week five’s film, Ghost in the Shell (1995), independently, hence, the engagement for this week’s tweets will be significantly less than other weeks’ for this reason.

At the beginning of each screening, I dedicated two tweets to introducing the film to highlight how it relates to the Future Cultures subject. In each, I identified the week the screening was taking place, the film being screened, the year it was…

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