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BCM 325 – Future Cultures: Digital Artefact Beta

The Space Between The Sky

It’s been a few weeks since I first pitched my Digital Artefact idea for BCM325 Future Cultures. As I have been working on it and have received feedback, the project has changed a little. Previously, Josh Sorensen and I planned to write and produce a podcast set about 30 – 40 years in the future about two isolated individuals, who having missed the apocalypse, find each over radio and try to discover what happened. The difficulties of producing this podcast with the lockdown and remote learning have proven to be substantial. Combined with a suggestion from some feedback that I blog about the writing process, both Josh and I have shifted our focus primarily to writing.

My plan for this project now is to focus on writing:

  • working towards completing the scripts and have some posted online,
  • Producing a few short blogs on the writing process, and
  • Working on some…

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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.

‘The Movie’

As I begin my third and final year of Uni, I am only now, for the first time, being introduced to this world of live tweeting. Up until this point, I had only the smallest exposure to this world as I would scroll through various hashtags on Twitter. To be honest, the idea of it terrified me and my instant thought was “I need to prepare”.

Luckily for me, drafting your tweets is a common hack used by first-time live tweeters, so I decided I would use this to my advantage. Feeling a little more confident I was beginning to wonder “how hard can this be?”.

I can officially say, live tweeting proved to be harder than I imagined. It’s quite a challenge to watch a movie, research the movie, tweet about that research, engage in peers’ comments AND actually understand the movie and its storyline simultaneously.

 

WEEK 1- METROPOLIS

I went into week 1 prepared. My tweets had been carefully drafted prior to the class, addressing a variety of prompts in the subject blog. The majority of my tweets were pretty general, addressing facts about the production costs, director, ratings and the film’s influence on pop culture, alongside various articles I came across in my research and wanted to share.

I remained active throughout the screening, interacting with other students posts; liking, retweeting and commenting. I found creating discussions to be less daunting than I imagined, and was fairly comfortable creating responses based on my own findings, however, I could have put more effort into my engagement with other students rather than on my own tweets.

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WEEK 2 – 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

Similarly to week 1, I spent time prior to class researching the film as I found it would give me a basic understanding to help me follow along whilst live tweeting.

I decided to share something I learned in more of a humorous way to see whether it would receive higher engagement. The tweet did in fact spark conversation and led to a discussion where I was able to combine both my understanding of research and own personal opinion to form responses, as seen in the tweet below.

This insight told me that students are likely to engage with light-hearted, humorous content yet still dive into meaningful conversation and discussion on the screening.

WEEK 3 – WESTWORLD

Week 3 was our first week going online and attempting live tweeting from home. It was safe to say that the comfort of screening a movie from your own home in your own chair with some good snacks allows you to focus more of your attention on the film rather than on your discomfort.

I felt that although I have been engaging with my classmates, I needed to go that step further and put more focus into my engagement with their tweets rather than constructing my own. I am aware that both are important; however, I feel the engagement side of things is more valuable as we can raise questions with one another and share our own perceptions and observations on the film.

I also found from previous weeks that students were reacting positively to the sources I was sharing and found value in retweeting them.

WEEK 4 – BLADE RUNNER

This week I was receiving quite a high level of engagement from my peers. They responded particularly well to a fan fact I came across in my research and decided to share with them. One thing I did find, however, was that the sources I shared weren’t receiving engagement this week. This could have been due to a variety of reasons: the timing of the post, it getting lost in the feed or the content itself not resonating with my classmates.

I began to hypothesise this week that the reason my fact performed particularly well was because of the gif I included. I began to wonder whether the size of the tweet would determine the amount of engagement it would receive as it would take up more space on my classmates screens.

WEEK 5 – MINORITY REPORT

This week’s screening ended up being one of my top 2 favourite films from our class screenings to date, alongside Blade Runner. It seemed like everyone was so attached to the storyline and crazy plot twists that there seemed to be a general lull in tweets from my classmates. I was often finding myself going through periods of time, sitting with my jaw dropped and completely forgetting to tweet.

This led to my tweets not being my most thorough, however I still ensured I spent some time responding to and engaging with my classmates tweets.

 

Looking back on my tweets over the past 5 weeks, I think I’ve done a great job entering this world of live tweeting. I believe I made visible progress throughout the weeks in terms of making the effort to involve myself and engage in other students’ work.

I could have improved by perhaps engaging on a deeper level with the lecture materials and readings and sharing my insights from these sources, which is something I aim to work on in the next lot of live tweets. I also aim to test out my theory about the size of the tweet and see if this will have any impact on the level of engagement I receive.

Overall, I have had a great live tweeting experience so far and am ready to take on the remaining screenings.

 

 

 

 

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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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The Future of Korea Dramas BCM325 Pitch

As outlined in my pitch, for my BCM325 Digital Artefact I will be researching the globalisation of Korean dramas, the effect on the current market and what that means for the future. Through the research on the past, present and with forecasting, I hope to gleam at the future of Korea media culture trends. I hope to show my audience that adaption of other cultures media is not only marketable in our own culture but an alternative to innovation and creation of new content in our own culture.

 

Digital Artefact Pitch

Hi everyone,

I have recently become aware of a new type of cyber culture and form of content creation in the form of “The Hype House” on TikTok. This type of mass content creation – like we’ve seen through Team 10 and other “influencer housing” has become a very popular and bulk way of keeping people interacted with an app and page for a longer amount of time while also housing their most prominent influencers for a price.

Figuring out how to watch this trend and create an artefact out of it was my biggest bump in deciding what to pick for my DA this semester.

My second plan is to possibly watch the trends in hospitality socials over the unfolding of COVID-19 around the Illawarra and how businesses react and change to move with changes in Environment. This would be done through my own employers Instagram and social media action plan that I am currently working on with the management team.

Please see the video below to watch the mess of my brain unfolding in picking a topic:

CGI Technology And The Future Of Movies

My DA will explore the use of CGI technology, this is the special visual effects that are created with the use of computer software. The main software used my small companies and people is DeepFake it is often involved with swapping faces, it is commonly used in celebrity porn videos and movies.

My DA will be a series of blog posts that explore to use and effects of CGI technology, especially Deepfakes. I will also be attempting to use the software in an attempt to make my own Deepfake.

References

Facial re-enactment, speech synthesis and the rise of the Deepfake. (2019). [online] Perth: Nicholas Gardiner. Available at: https://ro.ecu.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2530&context=theses_hons [Accessed 21 Mar. 2019].

Kelleher, K. (2019). What Is a Deepfake? Let This Unsettling Video of Jennifer Lawrence With Steve Buscemi’s Face Show You. [Blog] Fortune. Available at: http://fortune.com/2019/01/31/what-is-deep-fake-video/ [Accessed 21 Mar. 2019].

Rouse, M. (2016). What is CGI. [Blog] WhatIs.com. Available at: https://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/CGI-computer-generated-imagery [Accessed 20 Mar. 2019].

 

[BCM 325] Novums Pitch! Ta DA! — SQUAAD

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Heyya! *Waves with hand open like Dr. Spock* Ever since I attended the first BCM 325 Seminar of the Autumn session, the concept of a ‘novum’ has intrigued me. Not suprisingly, a search through instagram reveals that there is indeed a large audience who also enjoy exploring various elements within the sci-fi and speculative genre […]

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Further Researching the IoT

In my previous blog post, I talked about the IoT and my interest in further researching the topic to further understand it. To grasp the ideas of the IoT and answer the questions that I have about it, I will need to build on my knowledge from my first blog post. To recap, in my last post I chose a number of questions that I wanted to explore. These included the following questions:

  • The IoT and it’s place in social and personal environments.
  • Looking into the current technologies on the market that makes the IoT’s a reality.
  • The representations and ideas of these technologies through utopian and dystopian mediums like cinema, television and fiction. – Are we close to this viewpoint? How are these technologies being represented/sold by marketing to us now?
  • Privacy of the IoT and the way in which these sociable objects collect and store data and how it could potentially be used.
  • How are these IoT technologies being currently presented? are there fears, tensions or anxieties towards the technology and their capabilities?

So for this blog post, I will be providing an overview of the sources that I have chosen to help me further answer the questions that I have. I have found some interesting sourced which have helped me enhance my knowledge and gain a better insight into the topic, these are included below.

The first is a podcast called ‘A Conversation about the Internet of Things‘ by Chris Moore and Teodor Mitew, where a there is a conversation about the Amazon Echo, surveillance and technology-induced shifts in the perception of technology. The points being made in this podcast were very engaging and had me thinking differently about the IoT then I did at the beginning of my research. I will be providing an overview of the arguments of this source through dot points in order to make it more easier to read and digest. This source would be helpful in answering most of the questions I have listed above and will be used as a primary source.

  • The most insane concept that I picked up from this blog post was the idea that these types of technologies were constructed to talk to each other and the input of humans isn’t necessary. The devices are seen to be primary and humans secondary. Technology doesn’t necessarily need us, well at least devices connected to the IoT don’t. They develop their own voices and personalities, sometimes based on the people they are around, kind of like a sponge. These IoT technologies want our constant attention and are further emerging in the forefront of our lives.
  • Privacy is another interesting topic discussed in this podcast. People are experiencing a ‘Moral Panic‘ about the way in which these sociable objects collect and store our data and how it could potentially be used by companies and stakeholders. Trying to differentiate the aggregated public and private data and place of ownership of this data is something that people should have control over, but this isn’t the case, as stakeholders and companies have the power. Ownership, access and privacy of our data is an important topic.
  • Amazon Echo Alexa being the leading innovative IoT device in the market, with fast interaction to the cloud and the promise of open sources technology. Open source software makes it more superior and allows for innovation and allows for more meaningful ways for the technology to talk to each other.

 

Stacy Higginbotham brings up some great points in her Podcast with Kevin Tofel as they talk about the data privacy of devices connected to the internet. This source was okay and left me asking more questions rather than answering them. Some of the points were interesting, however, so I will end up using this source but definitely not on its own. This sources works well with my questions of privacy and can be used as a case study in future.

  • The issue of Privacy and how far companies will go to collect data was discussed with Sex toys being the example. Is it moral that an individual needs to give up their privacy when buying technologies that connect to the internet and would legislations work to protect data that items like sex toys would collect? Should the consumer have to do the research into these types of technologies and their connection to the cloud before buying the product?
  • There needs to be a decision made on the types of data objects that are connected to the internet should be allowed to aggravate and review. And the points made in the above source ask this as well, what is public and private data.

 

Where am I with this research and the finished Project?

My plan for this research project has changed since my last post. I was originally thinking of doing a blog post series to answer my questions. I have since changed my mind and am going to push myself out of my comfort zone and try to do something that I haven’t attempted before. So now, for this project, I try and present my findings and answer my questions in the medium of a podcast. In terms of my project process, I have been trying to find other sources and articles to use that will help me. I have been a little lost for time, but once some of my other assessments are out of the way I will be spending more time on this and giving it my all.

The Past, Present and Future of the IoT

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The Internet of Things (IoT) stands for the connection of usually trivial material objects to the internet which can include toothbrushes, toasters, thermostats, smart watches and fridges. These sociable objects are not simply there to record the expanding human subjectivity, but to become an active participant and mediator who co-constructs social environments. The introduction of these devices into our environments is more about the use of personal augmentation, meanings it’s less about the individual devices and more about the living services that people program and connect smart devices to, however, they feel.

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The representations and reality of these types of IoT technologies and their place in social and personal environments are what I am most interested in researching. These technologies ultimately modify the way in which we are connected in time and space through altering the mediums that which we engage with on the internet, other technologies and the people around us. We have seen the representations and ideas of these types of technologies communicated in the world of cinema, television and fiction in both utopian and dystopian viewpoints. These viewpoints would be interesting to look further into to see the way in which the future has been imagined in both the past and present.

 

Research Plan:

For this research project, I plan on looking into these topics and ideas:

  • The IoT and it’s place in social and personal environments.
  • Looking into the current technologies on the market that makes the IoT’s a reality.
  • The representations and ideas of these technologies through utopian and dystopian mediums like cinema, television and fiction. – Are we close to this viewpoint? How are these technologies being represented/sold by marketing to us now?
  • Privacy of the IoT and the way in which these sociable objects collect and store data and how it could potentially be used.
  • How are these IoT technologies being currently presented? are there fears, tensions or anxieties towards the technology and their capabilities?

I have previously dabbled in the subject of the IoT and have found that what I know about the topic is just the tip of the iceberg. Because of this, I am planning on building on my foundation of knowledge and delving more into the issues that I am interested in above. I will be doing this by finally reading the readings that were set on the topic from previous classes and finding academic and other sources that I can use to answer my questions. I have already found a number of references to use in the posts so far, including scholarly sources, some sources from news sites and podcasts discussing the issue.

 

DA Presentation:

I plan for my research project to come together on the WordPress platform in the form of a blog post series. I believe that blog posts would be the most useful and ideal medium for me to use for this assessment as it will allow me to express myself and the topics that I will be looking at in a way that I know will flow and make sense to a reader. The blog posts will try and answer the questions I have above while also including relevant materials like videos, podcasts, links etc.

My plan is to take the ideas and topics I have mentioned above and make them into their own posts as subtopics of my research topic on the internet of things. So, in the end, there will be multiple blog posts on my own blog that will be made for this research project which I hope will end up answering my own personal questions towards the internet of things and its place in our environments.