As I create my Digital Artefact, I am required to engage and involve myself in other students DA’s and their research topic in order to provide feedback. Below are my comments on 3 students DA Pitches.
My first comment was on Alicia’s Digital Artefact Pitch. Alicia will be looking into the way VR and AR technology are changing the way we shop online. I first wanted to share the aspects of her pitch video she did well such as the overall presentation of the pitch and how she provided clear detail on her research topic and how she planned to execute it. Although the video audio was quite fast paced, it was great that she embedded her slides into her blog. I then shared a suggestion to try and engage more of an audience by publishing her…
Bronte’s DA for BCM325 is on the future of her mental health, which she will be exploring while creating a short horror/noir film of her protagonist’s mental health experiences.
I used both my own feedback as well as some comments made by Angus from our tutorials when recommending her utilisation of social media, like Instagram reels, for further information relating to the future of mental wellbeing. This would align her DA more strongly with the Future Cultures criteria. Since short films take quite a long time, she could share behind-the-scenes information with her target audience to maintain interest.
The link I shared is an article from the online journal ‘Psychiatric Times’, Volume 34, Issue 24. Not only is it a respectable academic source, it has really interesting information about the possibilities of mental wellbeing merged with technology. VR, for example, has positive applications in mental illness that will definitely be utilised, powerful enough to overcome conditions like PTSD when confronting triggers. I struggled to identify specific theories or content from the lectures that could tie in with her work, apart from the literal film screenings, so that is something I could have worked harder to include.
I enjoyed this research, and I look forward to seeing the work Bronte creates in BCM325.
Tobias’ DA is a podcast on the future of all things, which he will be discussing by focusing on a new topic each week and bringing classmates on as guests to capture our generation’s opinions.
Despite this being an extremely broad DA, I agree with his opinion about being able to cover many interesting topics without limiting himself. One such topic could be the future of advertising, since it has been prevalent in our weekly screenings and could easily spin out of control without our forecasting. I referenced Wendell Bell’s future thinking theory, because it is so crucial to BCM325, and it is something many peers (including myself) didn’t, but I still fell short on including specific lecture theories or content, as this pitch is so far-reaching.
The future of advertising stood out to me because it is getting more and more competitive in our digital world. Brands already using holograms doesn’t surprise me, but we should discuss the implications of sites like Facebook and Google that store data on us and feed us personalised ads. This is the tip of the iceberg and we’re Titanic 2. I also included an interesting academic source on the humour and appetite of Gen Z, our generation, as that is Tobias’ audience as well as guest speakers. Our unique worldview that looks for the basic humour in every situation is indicative of our lack of hope for our future, so it is going to be good to hear what we have to say.
I thought Tobias’ blog post could have benefitted from perhaps an example podcast that inspires him, or more detailed notes to support a DA that has been in his mind for so long, but it was good to see the notes he did include – chucking them into a clear visual representation would have been better for clear understanding but it’s still a good effort. His video seemed a bit spontaneous and rushed, but I support Tobias’ conviction to create this digital artefact podcast of his – I think it will serve as a valuable research in the near and far future.
Pitch 3: Daniel, the future of the world as seen through dystopian fiction: blog posts
Daniel is creating a joint DA that analyses and discusses key fictional stories and narratives about the future in a blog, featuring both their own and fellow peer’s opinions.
Although I got quite engaged with Daniel’s pitch and content, I worry I may have focused too much on providing information on one of his proposed blog topics, where overall feedback and lecture insights would have been better suited. Both the blog post and the pitch video were extremely professionally presented, and I appreciated all of the included plans and slide breakdowns.
I really wanted to expand on the links between George Orwell’s ‘1984’, one of Daniel’s dystopian fictions, and current and future world events that we seem set on achieving, namely the concept of a Social Credit System. Bladerunner also demonstrates such a world of surveillance. The resource from the Lowy Institute tied in the concept of think tanks from the lecture content, which I was pleased with.
Although the idea of such an interconnected, automated and digitised ranking system seems horrifying, through my research I discovered that it is quite relevant in Western countries too, it just has not yet spread to a surveillance level. Unless we want such a future, at the hands of algorithms, we must do as Wendell makes clear and research to identify the probable, preferred, and possible future of things like justice and policing. I had never heard of the theory of panopticon, or a digital panopticon system, but I now see it is crucial to first understand the technology we are trying to harness before giving away such control.
Live tweeting is a new skill I am looking to develop, and BCM325 is kick-starting this! Tweeting about each of our weekly sci-fi screenings gives me direction, something I’ve struggled hard with in previous BCM subjects where the criteria was to tweet a certain number of times. Now there’s something to focus on!s also a lot harder than it looks.
I’ve learnt that live-tweeting is fun, and it’s enjoyable to engage with my peers on our shared detached viewings. What a modern audience hey, all watching the same thing at the same time from different houses throughout Australia (and the world!).
It is so tempting to abandon the lecture content entirely to engage with the fun tweets and memes, aka the things that bring big interaction, but I honestly had more fun tweeting about things I had discovered. I’m trying to find the right balance between the two.
I enjoy my research, and even before I decided upon my DA topic (the future of analogue photography) tweeting about the camera technicalities and film processes of the more historical films I was seeing was something that I really enjoyed doing (and I’ll be pointing this out below). Still 35mm photography always seeks to differentiate itself from 35mm, Super 8, moving film. However, seeing the medium in action (where the individual frames could be seen, as well as grain and other authentic markers of analogue film) really was brilliant, and brought me new appreciation for the whole process of historical filmmaking, restoring footage even more so.
There are quite a few things I need to work on to really polish my live-tweeting, but this isn’t a bad position to be in 🙂
Who knew at Uni you could watch movies & tweet? I sure didn’t!
During the past few weeks of BCM 325, we have been analysing a wide range of sci-fi movies. During this time, we are required to live tweet during the movie providing any analyses, history & research each week. This blogpost will be a reflection of the best and worst tweets I had whilst I interacted with my #BCM325 cohort.
Week 1 – Metropolis (1927)
The dreaded silent-film…Metropolis was interesting to say the least to tweet about as it was silent I would miss a lot of things about it. Plus it was extremely long which made it hard to continuously think of tweets.
For the first week of live tweeting it felt like I was back in BCM 112, as fun as it is…wow did I forget how hard multitasking was! In saying this, I did interact…
If you are ever a BCM student at UOW and you keep a regular eye on your feed, I can promise, you have definitely seen the tag #BCM325 multiple times. In fact, you’ve probably seen it a million times all at once, on the same day, and do they only seem to be talking about movies? Yes. That is correct. In BCM325 we have been asked to participate in weekly screenings of films that are relevant to our topic of Future Cultures. When we watch these live screenings, we are required to live tweet throughout the film, being original tweets, but also interacting with fellow classmates watching the movie – almost encouraging conversation relevant to the film. So in this blog post, I will be looking at some of my key tweets and considering how I could improve from those.
hallo! so for context, i’ll be posting my tweets in a lil artsy format. not just for aesthetic / accessible reasons. but bc my uni twitter account was suspended the first two weeks. so this will actually help make it all easier bc two accounts were involved
scroll down tho! bc after the list form is the actual blog post!
Apart of the BCM325 subject we are required to live screen a movie per week and engage in the online conversation that is happening with our peers via Twitter. It is in this conversation we are able to reflect on themes, construct comparative analysis’ and have an open discussion about the live screening.
Week One – Metropolis
I found tweeting in week one to be one of the most challenging by far. It took me a while to get used to being able to watch the movie, analyse it and keep up with the constant conversation that was happening via Twitter. My tweets that week consisted of a range of different comparisons to other films, such as “Snowpiercer” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”. I found that both of these comparisons sparked a really interesting discussion thread, where my peers were wanting to…
Live-tweeting has been a fun and unique learning experience which challenges the way I think about media consumption, the act of multitasking and how we analyse texts to discuss larger issues. Upon reflection of the first five weeks of live-tweeting, I want to start considering what I can do to develop my process and create more engaging content.
BCM325 has first introduced me to live tweeting as I have not interacted in anything like this before and didn’t know what quite to expect. In week 5, due to the high intensity and popularity of live tweeting, we got #BCM325 TRENDING. It was something I was not used to but by the end of week 5 I got used to it.
In week 1, we watched Metropolis, a 1927 German expressionist science-fiction drama film presenting a highly stylized futuristic city where a beautiful and cultured utopia exists above a bleak underworld populated by mistreated workers. From my first live-tweet experience, the tweet from the movie Metropolis was blindly written. During the live-tweeting, I was reacting and interacting with other students tweets and through my evaluation of these tweets, I realised how in-depth some tweets were and the research behind it, pre-planned tweeting was the way to go. Heading…
Another week goes by in the land of University. For this weeks post, we are doing an assignment for BCM325, we are checking in on our peers and seeing what their DA topics are, and how they went with their pitch! Providing feedback in the comments was one of the requirements, but either way it is good to support my peers work and see how they are going with the class work!
1st Comment –
Josephine was looking into women and their roles in leadership. I find this topic incredibly interesting, not only because I am a woman myself, but because how relevant it is in our modern day society. Josephine makes reference to the course content and has a nice outline for how she hopes to proceed with her DA. I suggested some examples that Josephine can at specifically in terms of women in leaderships roles such as…