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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.

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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Live Tweeting Future Cultures (BCM325)

For the past eight weeks, I have been live tweeting along with my Future Cultures class at UOW enjoying content which related to everything technology, cyberspace and robot. The interactions and conversations that were sparked from these tweets and viewings unpacked discussion on various topics under the hashtag #bcm325.

I seemed to have been writing tweets to engage with contentious topics, however they gain no reaction from my peers. Taking a satirical approach while retaining some intellectual stimulation in my tweets prompted a larger reaction.

The following is a curated summary of my experience within this class with emphasis on the future cultures concepts and ideologies that I have learned throughout this semester so far.

Screenings: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ (1995), Westworld (1973), Johnny Mnemonic (1995), The Matrix (1999), Black Mirror: S2 E1 ‘Be Right Back’ (2013), Robot and Frank (2012), Black Mirror: S3 E6 ‘Hated in the Nation’ (2016) and Blade Runner (1983).

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Live Tweeting

Over the last 7 weeks, I have been engaging in a number of screenings while also participating in something called ‘Live tweeting‘. During the screening of these movies and series, my peers and I have been engaging in discussions on Twitter through the #BCM325 which provided a fantastic medium to unpack thoughts and concepts. Live tweeting on Twitter allowed for quite a lot of discussion to happen between my peers while the screening was happening but also created somewhat of a community as we all became connected through the hashtag while talking about the screenings each week. Twitter definitely allowed for a lot more discussion to happen between my peers which was highlighted at the end of some screenings where we were prompted to talk about a theory, but no one wanted to say anything out loud. Quite interesting.

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Source: https://giphy.com/gifs/ghost-in-the-shell-vBMcla2Iyt7Mc

Anyway, the first screening was an interesting 1995 anime classic ‘Ghost in the Shell‘. The movie plays with the theme of the advancement of cybernetic technology and how the body can be entirely or partly replaced with cybernetic parts.

Live tweeting this screening was a bit difficult, especially when trying to find information about the piece while keeping up and paying attention. So for this screening, I did have an insufficient amount of tweets as I was trying to figure out what was going on as well as push back the feelings of posting anxiety (anyone else?). Even though I didn’t contribute as much as I wanted to I did end up posting some tweets and they did receive some social engagement in the form of likes and re-tweets. The most interesting source found for this movie was the Reddit post, I discovered that Reddit is an excellent source to get some opinions as well as find some explanations for things that I didn’t understand which was very helpful.

 

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Source: http://www.warpedfactor.com/2016/10/looking-back-at-westworld-1973.html

 

Next was the 1973 ‘Westworld’ screening, which played on the theme of technologies giving the privileged an experience like no other through an amusement park and visitors having free reign to do whatever they want.  When the phrase “And nothing can possibly go wrong” is used, you know for a fact that something is going to go down, and it sure as hell did.

A lot of issues and moral questions ended up being brought up in this session by my peers who were really engaging. Again, dying inside of posting anxiety is not the most helpful thing, especially when live tweeting. However, A lot of my engagement this week was focused towards liking, re-tweeting and a conversation (pats self on the back). My peers were all on the ball in this session and were primarily tweeting what I was thinking in a more elaborate way than I could muster at the time. Again, ideas of morals and technology were prevalent and undoubtedly the most crucial question that was asked in the screening of Westworld.

 

 

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Johnny Mnemonic‘, a 1995 Canadian-American Cyberpunk action thriller was the next movie to live tweet. The film portrayed Gibson’s dystopian view of the future world dominated by megacorporations.

I approached live tweeting this film through likes and re-tweets as it was difficult to pay attention to the storyline while also finding information about the film to post. I think this action thriller was the hardest for me to follow which definitely showed in my limited amount of social engagement. Although I didn’t engage much with this film, I did end up agreeing with what my peers were discussing online and again found that they were tweeting what I was thinking.

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Source: https://giphy.com/gifs/the-matrix-movie-sci-fi-yl3XErRq8qmmA

The 1999 film ‘The Matrix‘ was my favourite screening and was the start of my more engaging tweets with my peers. The Matrix is a dystopian science fiction film written in the future where the reality that most humans experience is actually a simulated reality.

I approached the act of live tweeting for this week in the form of liking, commenting and re-tweeting (hell yeah), and found that my peers were having a more interesting conversation with me through twitter because of it. I did also go down a tangent with my research with this screening and found some cool subreddits to do with Glitches in reality. I found this screening and live tweeting to be a lot of fun, which made interacting with my peers a whole lot easier.

 

 

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Source: https://giphy.com/gifs/black-mirror-be-right-back-blackmirroredit-VwlUsDrAWx12E

Black Mirror’s ‘Be Right Back’ (2013) was an unforgettable screening. The episode was devastating and ended up giving me full body chills.  The idea of being so consumed with grief and a company taking full advantage of this was very disturbing. Even the concept of technology being able to imitate and become someone based on their pictures, videos and (social media?) data, when they have died, is beyond terrifying, and something that I don’t think should be able to ever exist.

In this screening, the episode ended up engrossing me, and I worked on liking and re-tweeting to keep up my social engagement. I did make the odd comment and found that they also gain some engagement so I was happy about that. Again, in this live tweeting of the film, my peers were very much on the ball, and I found myself reading tweets and completely agreeing with what was being said.

 

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Source: https://reemsaleh.com/2012/09/16/robot-frank-film-review/

The 2012 film ‘Robot and Frank’ was another screening that I enjoyed live tweeting. The film is an American Science fiction comedy-drama which draws on the ideas of domestic robots being used to help the elderly with their everyday activities.

When screening this film, I ended up live tweeting a lot more than I had previously. This was a topic that I had earlier talked about in another class and had some information to contribute to the discussion that was happening during the live tweeting. I received a lot of engagement from my peers in this screening and found that I was having some interesting conversations with people on the topic which was quite fun. A lot of my peers had quite interesting things to say, and I ended up finding some fascinating points being made during the screening that I liked (included below).

 

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Source: https://ciberia.com.br/nasa-abelhas-roboticas-marte-36445

The very last screening was ‘Hated by the Nation’ by Black Mirror which was a murder mystery to solve a crime if inexplicable deaths of people who were all targets on social media. This episode really highlighted the power of social media especially Twitter and also the idea of mob mentality.

I ended up tweeting quite a bit at this stage and had some great conversations with my peers online. I found that it was definitely a lot easier to tweet and talk to my peers online when I had watched the episode before we screened it. I was able to find some interesting sources from Reddit, and it also allowed me to focus more on what was happening during the live tweeting and participate more. This screening was definitely my best in tweeting and engagement terms.