live tweeting [part 2]

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Week 6 – Ghost in the Shell (Oshii, 1995)

I was already very familiar with this film, so the quantity of my tweets was naturally very high. I referenced cyberculture, transhumanism, cyborgs and a few other concepts from the subject materials in my tweets. I compared the film to a few previous screenings, and also had a few tweets sharing relevant sources/articles.

Evidence of live-tweeting and engagement in discussion

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Week 7 – The Matrix (The Wachowskis, 1999)

I missed out on the live-tweeting session for this film, but still engaged with other tweets and made a thread of my own tweets. Because of this my own contributions lacked engagement, though the tweets themselves were I feel of higher quality than any I had done before. This is probably because I was less distracted by reading and engaging with other people’s tweets while watching (I did so before my own viewing). I had a great spread of multimedia and sources of information. I also referenced the subject materials pertaining to cyberspace. This week was a good exercise in writing high quality tweets, and I tried to bring that into my next live tweeting session.

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Week 10 – Ready Player One (Spielberg, 2018)

This week I made sure to include a lot of embedded articles and sources of information about the movie. I referred to similar concepts as explored in ‘The Matrix’ (cyberspace). I also talked about the themes of this film; nostalgia, pop culture, and escapism. Although I had seen this film, I don’t think my tweets this week were at a satisfying quality and quantity.

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Week 11 – Alita: Battle Angel (Rodriguez, 2019)

This week of live tweeting was immensely successful as we managed to engage the #AlitaArmy fanbase through the BCM hashtag. I think that this week I applied my experience from week 7 most effectively as my tweets were engaging and interesting with various multimedia. I referred again to cyborgs and scifi novums. This was another film I had seen before which made the process much easier.

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Week 12 – 2040 (Gameau, 2019)

This weeks live tweeting was very different to each of the last. Being a docudrama meant that the discussion was less focused on literary analysis/themes, and more on talking about real-world issues and current events. Although I didn’t have any engaging multimedia to go with my tweets for this week, I thoroughly enjoyed the dialogue and discussion that occurred while watching this film. I referred to the technological sublime and think tanks from the subject materials.

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Final thoughts and reflection

Regrettably I missed a few of the live tweeting sessions towards the last half of this semester, but I still feel as though I engaged with the discussion and applied course work to each screening I attended. The quality of my engagement and content definitely increased between the first and second half of the course. This platform is a great way to facilitate discussion and analysis of relevant texts to digital media, and I hope that I am able to practice and apply the live-tweeting skill again in the future.

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