In the second round of live-tweeting sessions for BCM325, I made sure to take more time to research and seek out academic resources when drafting my tweets before and during the screenings.
Throughout the second half of the semester we have watched;
Most of the films (besides Robot and Frank) provided a similar dystopian view of the future, which focuses on advancements in technology and a slowly destroyedplanet. Whilst watching these films we were required to live tweet.
Due to feedback, I aimed to improve the quality of my tweets and my interactions, in comparison to my previous live-tweeting reflection. A major factor that I noticed was that after the first tweeting reflection the #BCM325 twitter feed became flooded with everyone live-tweeting about the films, compared to just a few students in the first weeks. I found this made it harder to gain and give interactions because the feed would refresh…
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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.
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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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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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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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
Metropolis, 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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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! https://tweetdeck.twitter.com/ 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.
Well, wow, just wow. The last few weeks have been a complete blur of work, assessments and of course, live tweeting as well. Over the course of the past few weeks I have seen a number of new movies because of BCM325, and I’m so happy that I got the chance to see them. Seeing these movies in class however, I had to critically tweet about each one, discussing the underlying themes, content, setting, and a number of other different aspects each film had to offer. In this blog post I am going to be going through and analysing my most prominent tweets from each week as well as the discussions that formed between myself and my classmates. As of every week I try to find some merchandise I can post to stay within the live tweeting guidelines and at the end of the session it would have been weird if I didn’t find or post anything relating to merchandise
Week eight was the screening of IRobot, a futuristic action movie set in 2035. The movie itself poses questions about how we classify our own humanity compared to that of a machine, robot or A.I. The particular thread I am referencing has several different conversations about human traits, humanity and the ethics of putting feelings into machines and letting them evolve. We also talk about the different applications of futuristic robots, for example their use in modern wars.
Over the course of the session I have been trying to improve my live tweeting and just tweeting in general and I really think that this week shows that I have come a long way from when I first started the subject. In my live tweets I also like to become very critical of some of the aspects of the movie, for example I noticed that in a lot of the films we had watched in class had a very dystopian view that places technology right at the centre of all the problems facing mankind.
Robot and Frank
Week nine was the screening of Robot and Frank I believe this was the week we decided to go with a different film rather than what was stated in the outline. But I’m genuinely glad we screened robot and frank, it was a thought provoking and an unexpected movie. Before the class I had never heard of or seen Robot and frank, I was flying blind. The movie depicted an older gentleman that was beginning to show signs of dementia, as a result his son buys and gives him a robotic carer. The film challenged what people thought about technology and the usual themes of distrust running through similar films.
Instead the film showed the slow progression of frank completely distrusting the robot, to the robot becoming his friend and companion and even in the end not wanting to give him up to save his life. In the seminar we discussed the implications of advancing technology on daily life and how we think it will continue to advance. The robot in the movie was actually based off a japan design which as it so happens is an advancing project. For the most part the screening of robot and frank consisted of myself and my classmates discussing the different stance and approach the movie took to technology and how it impacts mankind.
Week ten was the screening of a very emotional and yet another unexpected movie Marjorie Prime. The movie proposed the idea of having an advanced hologram of oneself after they have passed away. Obviously, you can already see that the topic of the movie created some really philosophical discussions around ethics, and other applications of the technology itself. The technology in the movie, raises concerns and questions about intellectual property and copy write laws. The holograms seen in Marjorie Prime are similar to a subscription, one person in the family subscribes and the rest of the family are able to become a hologram after they pass away. In an extensive thread we discussed the cultural backlash of such an advanced hologram. This week’s live tweeting was a very intense and philosophical debate about whether any of us would want to be a hologram. A critical look at my own tweeting this week leads to me to say that I had some extremely deep discussions surrounding the legal grey area this technology would fall under and specifically if it would result in the technology being made illegal and whether or not people would still use it regardless of whether it is legal or not.
blade Runner 2049
The most recent remake of Blade Runner was a fitting screening seeing as we watched the original in class a few weeks beforehand. In this screening the most commonly talked about aspect of the film was how it paid homage to its original but still paving its own way and creating its own legacy. My tweets for this screening mostly focused on the success and how the movie was made and received with modern audiences. However, there were some aspects of the film which were interesting, such as the depiction of very conservative and traditional views on women’s role in the household in the form of a hologram as well as a holograms ability to feel emotions. This movie sparked a lot of debates and conversations about the ethics of putting emotions into machines and holograms.
The final screening for this session was the matrix. I grew up loving this movie and was all too happy to watch it in class. This particular movie was interesting because it actually made us wonder, yet again, if it is possible for A.I to take over the planet. My contribution to this week’s live tweeting was through extensive threads and discussions about whether or not this world could become a reality. Another thread I was a part of during this seminar was discussing whether or not we would choose to be aware if we were in a simulation and what we would do if we were aware of such a situation. Overall throughout the session I definitely believe that I have become a little better at live tweeting and discussing the topics and ideas that these movies are presenting.