During the first 8 weeks of BCM325 we have been live tweeting science fiction/cyber culture films. By live tweeting these films it allowed further research and understanding on the film being shown. Live tweeting also allowed for class interaction and conversation.
Attempting to juggle watching the film, understanding the film, live tweeting and responding and interacting with other students was a big task, but after two weeks it was easy to manage.
My live tweets are a bit messy and not too educational, but I did try my best to live tweet the films being shown using GIFS, images and links to support my tweets.
Week One: Ghost In The Shell (1995)
Ghost In The Shell was the first anime I had ever seen, and being completely honest, I was lost the whole time and had absolutely no clue what was going on. This film showed themes of Utopia Vs Dystopia, which I quickly learnt was a recurring theme in all films we have watched.
Week 2: West World (1973)
In week two we watched the film West World, this film is a 1973 science fiction Western thriller. I had never seen this film before so I really enjoyed watching it while live tweeting.
This film explored the ideas of robots existing simply for human pleasure and use. West World is a realistic adult ‘amusement park’ with three themed ‘worlds’ – West World (American Old West), Medieval World (Medieval Europe) and Roman World (ancient Rome).
Eventually the robots malfunction and turn on the humans, going on a killing spree.
Above you can see my tweets during the live tweeting spree. During this I tweeted the Simpsons version of West World, you can have a look below:
Week 3: Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
Moving onto week three of live tweeting, we watched the film Johnny Mnemonic, this was the most confusing and weird movie. It probably took me half the class to figure out what the hell was going on. This was my face the whole movie.
Although, most of the time during these live tweeting sessions I struggled to understand the concept of the film shown, I did make an effort to research the film shown and read a little into it so I wasn’t sitting in class doing absolutely nothing.
Normally I would not choose to watch sci-fi/cyberpunk films but I have enjoyed ‘broadening my horizons’ and I have actually learnt a lot from watching these films, live tweeting and researching the film because I had nothing to live tweet about.
Week 4: The Matrix (1999)
The Matrix has always been a movie that confuses me, I did my research and still had no idea, so… I tried my best! I tweeted a few links and facts about the Matrix and interacted with other students by liking, retweeting and replying to tweets (like I do every week).
My favourite tweet of the day definitely has to be:
Week 5: Black Mirror Season 2 Episode 1 – Be Right Back
During week 5 the class watched Black Mirror, unfortunately I was away for this live tweeting session but I do love Black Mirror, I think its an amazing show that can literally ruin your whole day and make you think about the topics conveyed way too deeply.
Week 6: Robot and Frank (2012)
Robot and Frank was definitely my favourite compared to the other weeks, I think I was more interested in this movie because it wasn’t so sci-fi/cyber punk themed and I could actually understand what was happening.
This movie actually made me feel something instead of just confusion, cute old people movies hit me right in the feels and this one definitely did!
This movie was more personal and it allows viewers to have a connection and understanding to the situations explored. This movie encompasses sentiment, love and care while showcasing future technologies and the use of a Robot as a friend not foe.
Week 7: Black Mirror Season 3 Episode 6 – Hated In the Nation
As I said before I love Black Mirror, each episode is so different and explores so many different issues and topics society has and will have due to technology. I was happy with my contributions this week, I tweeted multiple links and replied and liked peer’s tweets.
This episode was about online hate/bullying, I think the episode is a good concept and shows that a small post/tweet/tag online can and will ruin someones life.
Week 8: Blade Runner (1982)
Ok, so this week I will fully admit Anzac day got the best of me and I came to class on 4 hours sleep and probably still a little drunk so my tweets aren’t up to par. It was the best I could do while wanting to curl up into a ball and sleep.
Blade Runner has always been a movie that has confused me (surprise surprise), I did studying this film in high-school for a short time so I do have some knowledge on the plot.
#SorryChris for being a dud this week
Throughout these past 8 Weeks I have faved quite a few tweets and here are a lot of them in a cool lil’ slide because why would you not want to see some tweets I thought were funny each week?!
Overall, I really enjoyed watching all these sci-fi/cyberpunk/technology films and have really learnt something each week! It has been an engaging way to learn about Future Cultures and I have really enjoyed it!