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[BCM 325] Iterations, Developments & Nova: Making my DA Beta!

Hey there,

Below is a video outlining the progression of my Digital Artefact over the past couple of weeks!

https://videopress.com/v/FLrbEIIi

As you can see, my Digital Artefact has undergone a number of significant alterations which I feel will help to increase the utility of my final video essay is a source of information for avid science-fiction academics, enthusiasts and even those who may simply be interested in the use of nova to speculate about the future in the next 5, 10, 50 years or beyond. While my DA is aimed at a hugely active audience, it should be noted that the audience itself is relatively niche and consumes content that is unique and highly specialised.

Overall, I happy with the trajectory of my DA and I feel that I have successfully incorporated feedback into the iteration process. It is my goal to continue researching and publish a draft ‘script’ of my video essay on my blog in the near future to permit further feedback prior to uploading the final version to Youtube.

I am excited to explore the representation of nova and other similar concepts to begin to understand their value in engaging with the future in the upcoming weeks!

Until then,

-Josh

SQUAAD

Hey there!

Below is a video outlining the progression of my Digital Artefact over the past couple of weeks!

As you can see, my Digital Artefact has undergone a number of significant alterations which I feel will help to increase the utility of my final video essay is a source of information for avid science-fiction academics, enthusiasts and even those who may simply be interested in the use of nova to speculate about the future in the next 5, 10, 50 years or beyond. While my DA is aimed at a hugely active audience, it should be noted that the audience itself is relatively niche and consumes content that is unique and highly specialised.

Overall, I happy with the trajectory of my DA and I feel that I have successfully incorporated feedback into the iteration process. It is my goal to continue researching and publish a draft ‘script’ of my…

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

https://videopress.com/embed/XXgjbdc9?hd=0&autoPlay=0&permalink=0&loop=0

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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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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Source: https://giphy.com/gifs/cyberpunk-william-gibson-johnny-mnemonic-53GYFMblssTh6

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.

What is cyberculture?

Cyberculture is the response to the ubiquitous presence and use of computers and networks in all aspects of contemporary social and cultural life, including communication, labour, education, art and entertainment, and industry among others.

Cyberculture involves both the everyday experience of networked digital technologies and the representation of the many possible futures that such technologies might contribute to making a reality.

This subject seeks to examine those structures, institutions, and technologies which bring cyberculture into effect and the sites of representation and resistance that destabilise and call it into question.