The Tweeting Experience

Technology has improved and widened our abilities to communicate, interact and learn.

Sally Stearns says that “live tweeting is a craft that takes focus and creativity, and when done well provides a great social power”. This semester it proved to challenge our abilities to analyse and review a film in real time, while post appropriate comments, links and content in relation to what was going on and reflect on key themes that were spoken about in the weekly lectures.

Twitter is not my platform of preference, however this weekly task pushed me to step out of my boundaries for the better (well you can judge). My interactions with others was most prominent through ‘liking’ and ‘retweeting’, I rarely commented because I was simply too shy despite hiding behind my computer….

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Ghost in a Shell.

First week viewing was of Ghost in a Shell – anime style. The film itself explores the roles of computer networks in our social, cultural and contemporary lifestyle. Our seminar focused on self-identity and the influence of technology. My aim was to broaden my understanding of the film and its meanings along with the themes of cyborgs, cybernetics and cyberfeminism.

I was fascinated by the concept of the cyborg, how in the near future we will ultimately have the opportunity to transform ourselves with robotic and digital alternatives. I was intrigued by this quote:Screen Shot 2018-04-27 at 7.26.33 PM

Now in the 21stcentury, we are so infatuated with technology and bettering ourselves that I began to consider who is the higher power manipulating us to think this way? In following posts my aim was to post links to Reddit chartrooms, and alternative texts that not only helped me but also could help others begin a discussion.

My interaction with fellow students was extremely limited, (stage fright). But one tweet that caught my attention in particular was

I thought that this really reflected self-identity at the cusp of the digital age, are we still human if we become cyborgs, rather than retaining memory in the brain we are ‘exporting’ memory do we still have the qualities of the human?

West World.

Excitement is an understatement.

This week was based on who has the authority between man and computer, who is the gatekeeper and ultimately ‘who is real’. West World has always left me in two minds, who is conscious and who is not.

This week my twitter presence was more, its difficult to distinguish who is a robot and who is human. One character that challenged this theory was android Maeve, who “grabs a technician’s tablet showing her personality dashboard and upgrades herself to genius. Can robots dream?!” My following tweets follow this and I post a variety of articles, which challenge the idea of inhumanity, robot or human and challenge the distinction of consciousness again.


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It made me think, will we succumb to this preconceived idea of ‘utopia ’ or are we going to be left with the excuse, death by technology. I thought it seemed like the ultimate gatekeeper was the program rather than the technicians behind the robot.

Johnny Mnemonic.

This week we saw two worlds cross, the realm of high tech and the underground world of modern pop. The term cyberpunk comes from the realm where the computer hacker and the rocker overlap, Johnny Mnemonic proved to fit this term quite perfectly showing us how two worlds collide, and the futuristic dependence on technology and data storage proved to provoke the thought of how memory and information are going to be stored in the future.

An article written by Wired caught my interest in particular, breaking down technology and how much we have learned in one sit in. I particularly liked the connection drawn between mnemonics mind eroding as a result of the overload of information, and the effect the internet has on us now “the internet that we actually have, is pretty much effortless from a physical standpoint but tends to erode you mentally over time with YouTube comments and drawings of My Little Pony characters”.

Another concept I found interesting in the film was the notion of time; Angus Rigby-Wild for instance raises a good point. How would we function and evolve if we did not rely on the concept of time? Despite the evolution of technology, as human beings time is a dependent for us we are unable to function without the guidance of time.

The Matrix.

Continuing on from last week, Cyberculture and cyberpunk represents the mind-machine interface – the ability to plug into the brain. “Cyberculture is the experience emerging from the dominant role of computer networks in communication”. Having previously watched the Matrix I had a better understanding of the film. My objective for this weeks tweets were to show the hidden meanings of certain characters and how the reveal and link back to the overarching themes of cyberculture and cyberpunk.

This week my interaction with peers gained momentum and I retweeted. Some thoughts resonating with me in particular were:

I thought both of these were great points, it is a common feature across movies involving cyberpunks that we see the fight against rebellion. It made me question are they fighting the higher power or the presence of technology? Another point was the change in scenes, colours were used according to the shifts of worlds and action. It created the idea that the substitution of nature for technology will wash our human like qualities and cause us all to be generic, thus using the colour coating.

Black Mirror S02E01

This weeks viewing challenged my morals a bit. ‘Be right back’ was based on the idea that technology was able to recreate and essentially bring back to life someone who has passed away. I was strongly against this as you can see below:

However, what I did find interesting was a post from @kristyyrenae

Robot and Frank

Sentimentality is a human quality and one I personally think is vital in the creation of human emotion and empathy. Robot and Frank depicts a relationship between a robot and a human. It highlighted the ethical implications behind robots and also touched on the treatment of the elderly, I posted a variety of links to articles surrounding these topics to broaden my understanding and others.

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I think this question @EzzyApples  raises a good point. Growing up in a society were everything has become digitised, will we become inclined to trust robots to care for us. Or will our understanding of the implications of such technology and its potential failures urge us to resort back to the ‘old fashioned’ way? This places an emphasis on cyborgs, will we still be conscious enough and aware of our emotions to make such decisions?

Black Mirror S03E06

Black mirror brings to life fear of a technological takeover. This episode is a prime example to show the potential cybernetic takeover. Not only are our boundaries to controlling humans expanding, but the ability to recreate and control animals and insects is prominent in this episode.

For this week, my tweets were more commentary like. I began with an article breaking down the concepts in this episode, however, ended up being too intrigued in the episode to continue my analysis.

Engaging in conversation and liking tweets was a great compliment to this viewing. Its interesting to analyse and interact with those who have differing or similar opinions and widening the views on this particular episode. We can see that censorship is non-existent and this is evident through #DeathTo. We are already living in a world where big brother is watching, but this sense of surveillance needs to continue to expand if we are expecting robotic killer bees to be our future.


The buttery goodness will never fade

Who can say that they’ve been taken to the cinema as one of their first dates?

The cinema is not only a traditional location to catch the latest award winning film, or a place to hang out for a movie marathon. The cinema is a traditional location for relaxation, blooming first love and of course the 11.jpgplace to stuff your face with buttery goodness.

It is said that the movie theatre, similar to cable television is gradually dying as a result of the infamous World Wide Web. “Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos says that we’re witnessing a generational shift“. Attitudes are changing as cinema ticket prices are climbing, ‘laziness’ is increasing and the thrill of adventuring to the movies is dying, why pay up to $40 for a ticket, popcorn and drink when we can google a torrent for the desired movie and wait for it to be instantly downloaded? No charge, no rules and the comfort of your own home right?

Well, according to Torsten Hagerstrand and his theory of individual time geography, he devised three main constraints that hinder individual daily activity: capability constraints, coupling constraints and authority constraints. Together these three categories reflects how “human spatial activity is often governed by limitations and not by independent decisions by spatially or temporally autonomous individuals“.

Reflecting on my own recent cinema experiences, I have discovered that my two greatest limitations are: capability constraints and coupling constraints.

The most recent cinema experience was courtesy of my boyfriend, who surprised me with tickets to Suicide Squad to kick off my birthday celebrations. Over the past 3.5-years we have developed a routine when going to the movies. When picking the movie it is vital that we pre-book tickets no earlier than 7.30pm and ensure we have two middle seats towards the back of the cinema, as well as ensuring that no one has chosen to be next to us (unless it is a sold out movie). Upon arrival he will buy a large popcorn and coke, and I will have  a small coke and packet of star burst.

To begin the night our first constraint was a coupling constraint. He booked the tickets online, however failed to notice that he had not selected the correct day. Although luckily the staff at Event Cinemas  were understanding of the situation and changed our tickets, free of hassle. Shortly after we encountered a capability constraint, prior to the movie we decided to indulge in our dinner and continued to indulge in popcorn and sweets. As the movie was drawing to a close I began to hear someone snore, he had fallen asleep.

While this movie trip does not high lightly the full effect of Hagerstrand’s constraints, it can prove that these constraints appear naturally.

Time, place and cost are the three biggest issues an average person consider when 41968871-Online-cinema-internet-streaming-flat-illustration-Stock-Vector.jpgattending the cinema. With the increased reliance on internet and technology, many ar
e preferring to stream or download movies rather than actually go. Having instant and free access eliminates Hagerstrand’s constraints, and the ever growing web will prove to beat the purpose of a cinema.

Although how can we abolish the old and replace it with the new, when there are so many individuals in society that value tradition? It is evident that through the introduction of the Gold Class experience, VMAX, 3D and 4D experiences cinemas are already trying to enhance our viewing.

So yes cinema is losing to online streaming, but for those who love their traditional cinema routines will find that it will be the environment to change not the practice.