live tweeting [part 2]

GITS

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.

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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.

live tweeting [part 1]

Metropolis Online

Week 1 – Metropolis (Lang, 1927)

For my first week of live-tweeting I decided to compile my tweets about Metropolis into a thread. Although this seemed like a great idea in theory, I felt that it didn’t quite work for the live-tweeting experience as each tweet explored a self-contained idea about the film. Threads seemed to be better suited to the stringing together of tweets that focus on the same general topic or argument. I used a literary approach for my analysis of this film, focusing on the ideas and concepts being portrayed on-screen as well as key inter-textual references.

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Week 2 – 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968)

This week I made an effort to draw upon the subject materials in a few of my tweets. I decided not to compile my tweets in a thread so that I could improve the layout of my ideas. I also focused more on engaging in discussion through comments/retweets. This may have been because the film was easier to follow while actively tweeting than the week before, with Metropolis being a silent film that required reading title cards. The content of my tweets focused on a combination of themes expressed in the film and facts about the film’s production.

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Week 3 – Westworld (Crichton, 1973)

Having seen the popular television series Westworld based on this film, I went into this week of live-tweeting with some prior knowledge and was able to show that in my tweets. I managed to achieve a good balance between sharing my own tweets and engaging with others this week because of that. This told me that if I were to research the films I am not familiar with more deeply than I had been before, or even pre-screen them the day before, it would probably enrich the quality and quantity of my live-tweeting significantly. My tweets contained a lot of comparison between the original film and the series, and also included terms and ideas from the subject materials.

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Week 4 – Blade Runner (Scott, 1982)

This week was another film that I was familiar with which benefited my analysis once again. My best tweets were those that referenced the subject materials and included GIFs to support the idea being expressed. I chose to include more live commentary-style tweets this week to see how much engagement they would receive. I feel like I produced a good mix of different content for each tweet. Something I needed to work on in the future was including more details about production and the context in which each film was created.

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Week 5 – Minority Report (Spielberg, 2002)

For this week of live-tweeting we were thrown a curve ball; the planned film for screening was not available for rent or on any streaming services in Australia. So, the film was changed to Minority Report. This meant that my prepared research would not be useful for this live-tweeting session. Despite this I think I did well at going with the flow and engaging in discussion. I focused on trying to incorporate references to the subject materials in most of my tweets. Again I did not explore the film’s context and production as much as I would have liked to, but this is likely because of my lack of preparation.

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Final thoughts and reflection

Going into the next few weeks of screenings, I feel as though my live-tweeting skills have improved and my content+engagement from now onward will be of higher quality and quantity. I’m more confident in being able to prepare and execute tweets that explore each film’s themes, context, and relevance to the subject topics. Something I could definitely improve on in the future would be incorporating links to articles or sources that have informed my research in some tweets. I’ve realised upon reviewing my tweets that I neglected to do this, while some other students will often link articles and academic sources. I’ve learnt which tweets capture the attention of my peers and receive meaningful engagement and will apply this knowledge to my future live-tweets. Some examples include tweets that live-commentate the action on screen, tweets that are supported visually by GIFs, and tweets that analyse how the weekly subject topics relate to the chosen film.

critical self-reflection of comments (part 1)

‘COVID-19: WHAT DOES THE FUTURE LOOK LIKE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES?’

Grace’s digital artefact topic is the future of small businesses during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically how online presence will become an essential part of engaging with customers. Grace will be examining this idea through her own social media business that began this year. Her website offers a range of social media packages from general advisory to content creation and page management. She plans to offer her services free of charge or at a reduced rate to small business struggling to transition to an online business model during the outbreak. Grace’s methods when promoting these businesses will consider the government guidelines set in place regarding COVID-19.

In my comment, I commended Grace’s thorough planning and digital artefact utility. I was interested to hear more about her methodology, and what her new website packages would entail. I suggested that Grace use primary research methods by creating a survey for small business owners, with a goal of understanding what these businesses need most during this time. I also linked a news media article for her background research.

[Grace’s Blog]

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‘LIFE AFTER COVID-19’

Steff’s digital artefact addresses a similar topic to Grace’s in observing the effects of COVID-19 on the future, however her focus is more broad in looking at the impact of this pandemic on lifestyle and society. Steff will be exploring this concept in a series of fortnightly blog posts featuring a unique topic (business, education, food, music, law etc.). The posts will contain multimedia elements like images, videos, and interviews. Steff hopes to bring awareness to the importance future-thinking in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, and plans to get feedback from post engagement and by sharing her digital artefact on Reddit.

In my comment I praised Steff for her planning and research, which was the most developed and outstanding I’d seen for this round of peer commentary. My suggestion was that Steff interview a variety of local people involved in the area of discussion by reaching out on Twitter for interviewees, as her pitch stated she would be interviewing her roommate. I thought that finding people with relevant knowledge to the fortnightly topic would enhance her posts significantly. I also suggested she narrow down the scope of her ideas if she wished to reduce her own workload when it came to research. I shared a news media article that may be useful to Steff.

[Steff’s Blog]

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‘THE FUTURE OF TIKTOK’

Tahlia was considering two different ideas for her digital artefact, and eventually decided on the more developed of her two concepts. Tahlia plans to explore the future of content creation, specifically the emerging social media platform TikTok. She wants to look into the mechanics of the platform itself, which allows short, fast and frequent creation, and how this content model continuously engages TikTok users. Tahlia also plans to examine the ‘influencer house’ phenomenon on TikTok with creators like ‘The Hype House’ dominating the platform.

In my feedback I suggested that Tahlia should start planning her methodology and utility for her project, as neither were discussed in depth throughout her pitch. I feel this may have been because Tahlia was unsure about which topic she wanted to choose. I thought her topic would suit a series of explainer blog posts/videos, or a visual essay. I shared an academic research report about TikTok.

[Tahlia’s Blog]

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Critical Reflection

With this round of comments I think I did well at engaging with each person’s digital artefact and making suggestions that could enhance their projects. However, I feel that I failed to engage with the research sources I shared in each comment. I neglected to summarise what the articles and reports linked in my comments were about and how they could be beneficial to the digital artefacts. I also did not draw upon any lecture materials and should strive to use concepts and ideas from the BCM325 subject when commenting on the Beta blogposts in the future. I need to find proactive ways to relate future theory to my peers’ projects when giving feedback.

cyberculture [digital artefact pitch]

“High tech.  Low life.”

Background Research

I’ll be researching the history and iconography of the cyberpunk genre so that I can successfully incorporate cyberpunk references and ideas into my original content. This can be achieved by familiarising myself with and analyzing popular cyberpunk literature, films, news media, academic articles, and lecture materials.

Literature; Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Philip K. Dick, 1968), The Shockwave Rider (John Brunner, 1975), Neuromancer (William Gibson, 1984)

Films; Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982), Ghost in the Shell (Mamoru Oshii, 1995) Alita: Battle Angel (Robert Rodriguez, 2019)

News Media; Bringing Cyberpunk 2077 To Life (GameSpot, 2019), Neon and corporate dystopias: why does cyberpunk refuse to move on? (The Guardian, 2018), What Is Cyberpunk? (Neon Dystopia)

Academic Articles/Books; 

Csicsery-Ronay, I., 1988. Cyberpunk and neuromanticism. Mississippi Review16(2/3), pp.266-278.

Featherstone, M. and Burrows, R. eds., 1996. Cyberspace/cyberbodies/cyberpunk: Cultures of technological embodiment. Sage.

Hollinger, V., 1990. Cybernetic deconstructions: Cyberpunk and postmodernism. Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature23(2), pp.29-44.

 

Production Timeline

Mid-Sem Break; background research and collate assets (music, images) for edits, develop ideas for content

Week 4; Apply pitch feedback to DA concept/method/utility, start creating content

Week 5; Create accounts for sharing original content, post content

Week 6; Continue creating and posting regular content

Week 7; Assess first round of engagement and feedback, iterate upon content

Week 8; Continue creating and posting regular content, submit DA beta

Week 9; Apply beta feedback to DA concept/method/utility, keep creating content

Weeks 10-12; Continue creating and posting content, work on DA contextual essay

Week 13; Submit DA contextual essay

 

Expanding on Methodology and Feedback Loop

I will be making these edits by collecting images and assets online through boards like Pinterest or Google Images and then using photo editing software edit them into collages. After that, I will use PHOTOMOSH to add dynamic effects to my edited images, and edit the produced gifs into short clips with background music using video editing software.

I will be sharing my cyberpunk edits online using various platforms; Instagram will be the primary source of feedback through user engagement (likes, views, comments, follows, etc.) for this project. By assessing and comparing posts that are successfully engaged with to those that are not, I can deduce what type of content is most favourable to my target audience. I also plan to look into tumblr and tiktok as sharing platforms, though I don’t have any experience using these and therefore am not certain about how suited they are to this type of content. I hope to get feedback from my peers about these two potential points of engagement. I also will attempt to share my edits on reddit as original content (without linking to any accounts, ie; Instagram) to hopefully receive verbal feedback on the quality of the content I produce.