BCM325: Live tweet curation & reflection

Each week I averaged around seven tweets. These included a mix of informative, contemplative, reflective and humorous reactive tweets. At the bottom of this post is the link to my storify curation of all of my tweets from week 1 to 8. For the sake of being concise I will include screenshots of tweets with the most traction and tweets that display my knowledge of and my attempts to understand the films.

WEEK 1: Ghost in the Shell (1995)

 The first thing I really noticed was the strange combination of futuristic visuals with the, natural, almost tribal sounding, music:
This seemed unusual yet fitting. The sound of people chanting and the percussion instruments in the background, may be viewed as alluding to a much earlier time in human history. Couple this with the visuals of Majors creation and the scene could be read as signifying the beginning of a new ‘human’ race. This could either strengthen viewers connection or disconnection to Major.

I was genuinely confused by this as most of the sci-fi films I had seen depicted technologically developed people in an environment to suit e.g. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Star Wars franchise (1977 – present) etc. However, as I continued to watch I realised that, in the context of the film, the main focus was to engineer humans to a level of perfection and in this process, the environment is forgotten about.

I found this was a useful way to summarise the main aspects of the film, and based on the reception (1 retweet and 5 likes woo!) my peers appreciated it too.

WEEK 2: Westworld (1973)

I remember feeling uncomfortable during this scene, particularly because of how relevant robot brothels are today. Despite this it was interesting to  me how a film from the 70’s envisioned such a future which has become a reality in a short span of time.

I felt this way after viewing the endless violence in the film. After seeing how dangerous the robots became it made Westworld seem pointless, a waste of time, money and resources, especially if this was the sole purpose of such advanced technology.

WEEK 3: Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

I found this really interesting, sad, and funny.

Not going to lie, I spent a fair amount of time on this site reading about the differences and deleted scenes between the Japanese and American/International versions. It was really interesting to think about why certain scenes were chosen and deleted for these two versions; audience, culture?

Once again, I provided a little run down of the conventions evident in the film. Although less appreciated by my peers, it was a good way for me to test my knowledge of the film and whether or not I had been paying attention.

My most successful tweet: a humorous yet contemplative one.

WEEK 4: The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix, came out almost 20 years ago yet is still making waves in various parts of modern life. I really loved the style throughout the movie, it made it that bit more enjoyable to watch. Although the clothing was not typically futuristic, the sleek, black, shiny aesthetic mirrored the characters flawless fighting skills, making them look like perfectly manufactured machines.

This scene was really epic, and so was the amount of time it took to film. I felt like this was an important fact to share with my peers as it made me really appreciate and respect the film and its groundbreaking cinematic effects.

This tweet and the reception it received (my highest liked tweet out of all the live screenings) kind of says it all about Australians and our view of Tony Abbot.

WEEK 5: Black Mirror ‘Be Right Back’ (2013)

For some reason I really struggled to tweet about this screening. I felt all of my contributions were measly in comparison to my peers. As a result, my live tweets were a combination of thoughtful and humorous tweets.

Despite this, it made me think about the impact of technology on the human lifestyle.

Sadly, Ash’s transformation was less epic and much more bland than this, he just looked like a large, wet baby.

This tweet reveals my inner thoughts about the ramifications of this technology and what could happen if a mentally ill person got their hands on it.

I really enjoyed replying to my peers tweets. It helped generate new thoughts and ideas about the screenings.

WEEK 6: Robot and Frank (2013)

I posted this YouTube video because I felt it was relevant to the screening, especially in highlighting how lonely life can be for the elderly and how it is common for them to feel like social recluses or burdens. I feel that many people during the screening experienced positive emotions seeing Frank bond with his robot so quickly and how happy it made him. It was nice to see technology having a good impact on people for a change.

Another tweet showcasing how my thoughts of the screening were being generated by replying to my peers tweets. This ‘monkey see monkey do’ aspect of the robots learning made it seem more human-like, specifically, child-like, and therefore easier to feel emotionally attached to it.

Seeing the robot engage in reckless behaviour with Frank made me think about the ability for machines to think and act out on their own. This led me to research and find the above link, which I thought was important to share with my peers.

This tweet was not exactly disproved in the screening as at the end robots are used in nursing homes to help take care of the elderly.

WEEK 7: Black Mirror ‘Hated in the Nation’ (2016)

During this screening, I was trying to source out the positives from the negative situation unravelling out of this technology. To think of a world where cyber bullying ceases to exist would be pretty nice.

Based on my Tony Abbot tweet during The Matrix I’m guessing in Australia it would be him, oh wait no, probably Pauline Hanson.

I realised at the end of the screening that the bees had facial recognition abilities, but I still did not understand how that could help them track their targets? If the targets did not have their phones on them, would they have a better chance at survival?

For me this tweet was about highlighting the idiotic nature of posting and commenting ‘harmless’ material without thinking about it and its potential implications in real life.

WEEK 8: Blade Runner (1982) 

This tweet was about the ramifications of technology and its potential to act as the undoing of human progress. As the film progressed I realised it had more to do with the relationship between humans and replicants as opposed to upper and lower classes. Despite this, I felt as if the humans looked upon the Nexus replicants as a lower class, one to be controlled.
I loved thinking about the similarities and differences between the screenings. Despite Westworld and Blade Runner having different story lines, I believe the quick and contrasting changes in scenery were used to detach the audience from the story of the movie, reminding them that it is fiction.

The nature of this tweet was more on the humorous side however I remember feeling uncomfortable during this scene; when Deckard tells Rachael to kiss him. It made me reflect on Julian Dibble’s reading ‘A Rape in Cyberspace‘ (1993) and how, in both these instances, one figure was forced to do something they did not really want to do. Regardless of the fact that these experiences did not happen to ‘real’ people, this raises questions about the morality behind these actions. Did Rachael really want to kiss him? Was she, a high-tech replicant, made with any autonomy, or made simply to fulfil human needs? Ultimately, the discomfort and confused look on Rachael’s face influenced how I felt viewing this scene.

Looking back, these screenings were quite thought provoking for me, even though I felt like some of my material was a bit mediocre. To avoid this in the future, I would have read more of the weekly readings so that my understanding of the topics would be reflected in my tweets. Having the option to tweet media materials such as gifs, youtube videos, media articles and reactive tweets made it easier to engage with the screenings and have fun during this exercise. Through this online participation and content analysis, my idea of the relationship between man and machine has broadened whilst simultaneously learning new things.

Below are my tweets during the in-class screenings, ranging from oldest to newest:

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