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Live Tweeting: Predicting the future in films

Within this blog post, I will provide a range of evidence to prove my live tweeting ability, as well as my engagement with my peers’ tweets during BCM325’s movie screenings. This experience overall allowed me to engage with not only my own personal thoughts of the future but to also grasp what others were thinking in a very fast-paced environment.

Week 1: Metropolis

During the first week of tweeting, I provided a simple poll exploring a controversial topic that this film caused, relating to the length of the film. 

This tweet received lots of engagement as people had very strong opinions on its length, due to the film originally being 3 hours. I also tweeted linking a very useful resource that reflected on the utopian, dystopian and biblical references in the film and this seemed to gain no attention. This was probably due to the blunt, unengaging context I provided with the link. 

To engage with my peers, I liked their tweets and commented my opinions on the scenes/topics that they discussed. 

Week 2: 2001: A Space Odyssey

Within our second film screening, we watched ‘A Space Odyssey’ and discussed how this somewhat science-fiction film predicts the future of AI’s. 

Within this tweet, I was super fascinated in how they were able to produce this film as the actors were in space and wanted to share the information I found that allow them to create the “space walking” affects. Further on in the film, the AI “Hal” seemed to, so I provided a video discussing whether the AI is proven to be evil or not. 

I continuously engaged with my peers by liking and commenting on their tweets, as well as retweeting some very interesting facts that others may be interested in knowing.

Week 3: West World

While watching ‘West World’, I tweeted after researching this films storyline and expressed my thoughts on it. This gained a good amount of attention as it revolved around a simulation that my peers could relate to or reflect on their ideas. 

This simulation is filled with robots that somehow malfunction, I tweeted discussing why this is a reoccurrence and if they are predicting a dangerous future. 

Engaging with my peers this week was mostly just liking and commenting on their tweets as there were SO many interesting topics being shared, that I also wanted to share my opinion with them.

Week 4: Blade Runner

The fourth week of tweeting, I shared my input of the films’ environment and technological advantages. 

This tweet received lots of attraction as people could see how it reflects on the film’s accurate predictions of the future as there are definitely large screens and city lights that light up our skies at night. Another accurate prediction (that actually links to my digital artefact) was my tweet discussing how airbrush makeup has definitely become a normalised trend. 

Engaging with tweets this week resulted in me continuing to like and comment on my peers’ tweets and to particularly read what they were thinking while watching the film.  

Week 5: Ghost in the Shell 

It was very interesting to watch this original film as I have previously watched the 2017 version and was interested in the differences. As expected (due to the previous films we’ve watched) robots always seem to attract chaos. In this tweet I reflected on the lectures requested reading and asked if these films influence our “want/need” for machines.

This week I engaged with my peers through retweeting their interesting thoughts that I would like to share with others, as well as commenting on their tweets to share my personal opinion.

Published by Caitlyn Perrine

Hi! I’m Caitlyn Du Buisson Perrine

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