Live tweeting is a science of a thousand details – I felt as if I was thrown off the deep end when asked to live tweet during the session for BCM325: Future Cultures.
I had seen none of the films screened is class before, so trying to take in the story, while simultaneously researching it, and composing a somewhat intellectually balanced tweet was a challenge.
I found Ghost in the Shell (1995) the hardest topic to tweet about, as it was the first one (and its how I justify my low likes). I tried to tweet about things that weren’t ‘obvious’ – I felt that the film should not be taken at face value.
I enjoyed building on the points of others, especially Claire (@silentclaire). These collaborative tweets gained more likes.
In week two, I was still trying to figure out live tweeting. I wasn’t able to do justice to Westworld (1973) – but the film still struck a nerve. Although my tweets involved more memes and general observations, I feel it matched the content (and received what I would call ‘medium’ likes).
However, Johnny Mnemonic (1995) was when I started to get the hang of live tweeting.
We were warned by Chris (@CL_Moore) that it was ok to hate this film, so I took that and ran with it. Instead of commenting on the bad acting and ridiculous dialogue:
I tried to focus on the finer details – the engagement wasn’t too high this week.
I do regret that I spelled cyberpunk so wrong, but one of my favourite replies to the tweet was by Emily (@some_spilt_ink).
The detail and concept of this film was amazing, and it was hard to put my thoughts into tweets. I thought there was a refinement and poise within the dystopia, and the elaborate plot unfolded beautifully – summarised by Sunny (@sunnycommandeur).
I really enjoyed the play on names in The Matrix, and as Kristy (@kristyyrenae) said, implicit language is a powerful tool used in film. Also, my first go at two getting retweets!
I also tried to boost my engagement with a twitter poll asking that question…
The next week signified a change in pace for the remainder of the screenings – the material viewed weren’t necessarily ‘classics’ or groundbreaking films, but really held their own.
I was particularly taken with this episode of Black Mirror because it felt so real – it’s not a crazy or farfetched idea in the slightest. I liked this musing by Jesse (@Jezem06).
The characters were extremely human (ironic?) as Maddy (@foxfillip) pointed out. It left me slightly unsettled, and it was hard to say something of substance when tweeting.
6 likes on an academic source? Awesome.
Robot & Frank was less about the technology, and more about the human. However, I felt that the robot was almost human. This conversation between Cassie (@cassiebradley98) and Kristy (@kristyyrenae) looked at the idea that we knew the robot couldn’t learn emotions…
…but its whole reason for existence was to care and aid the human it was assigned to, and I fell in love:
In fact my favourite tweets from this week were just the general horror being experienced:
This episode of Black Mirror was horrifying, and my nose involuntarily itches when I think about it. Surveillance is used as a weapon, which made this episode uncomfortably real.
To wrap up the live tweeting session, we finished with Blade Runner (1982) – one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time, despite the rampant misogyny. It was refreshing to see that there could be discussions around the topic from @CL_Moore and @EzzyApples.
Overall, I thought the live tweeting experience was awesome. It’s almost adrenaline inducing to see your notifications skyrocket each week during a screening, knowing that all the material is highly though provoking,
Live tweeting may be the most important skill to have as a media and communications student – being able to view, interpret, and summarise information for distribution within under one minute is enviable, and respectable.
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