The first blog I posted on my live tweeting experience was detailing the screenings from weeks one to five. This time, I’m going to be reflecting on the screenings from weeks six to eleven, which will bring my live tweeting to a close. Based on the feedback from my last blog post, my aim was to integrate more lecture content in my tweets. The quality of my tweets has drastically improved and that has reflected well in the increase in engagement. I will show you a few examples in this blog.
Week Six: Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
The week six screening was Blade Runner 2049. The topic of this week’s lecture was futurists, which is what guided my research prior to the screening. I managed to draft several tweets that related to the lecture topics, including these tweets about the representation of robotics in the film. I also aimed to research the topic of transhumanism, which was a big portion of this week’s lecture. I found a few articles that discussed this topic in relation to the film, as well as one that focuses on biotechnology. This tweet links an article discussing how films like Blade Runner 2049 could demonstrate the ethical repercussions of biotechnology in our society.
My engagement this week was quite low. My original tweets that featured no links and were directly responding to moments in the film, such as this tweet on the left, received slightly more engagement than others.
Having drafted several tweets beforehand, and the film also being almost 3 hours long, I aimed to engage more with my peers through quote tweeting. I felt that through responding to my peers’ tweets, I was able to gain further insight into the film and think more critically about the themes that were presented.
Week Seven: The Matrix (1999)
This week’s screening was The Matrix (again, another incredibly famous movie that I hadn’t seen). The lecture for this week was the first installment of a cyberculture series, focusing mainly on cybernetics. I employed a new tactic this week, which was to keep the lecture notes open as a frame of reference for both further research and connecting plot points to the lecture material. As a result, I had several successful tweets that received a fair amount of engagement. One of these tweets was a direct connection to the lecture content through a quote from the film. The other was an observation I made using my knowledge of the feedback loops in cybernetics.
The tweets I made in reference to the lecture content received the most engagement this week, none of which included links to further research. The highlight of this week is this tweet that directly referenced the cybernetic goal system, which was my attempt to understand the matrix through this perspective. This was the most likes I had received on a tweet so far.
Week Nine: Alita: Battle Angel (2019) (no screening in week eight)
This week was a strange one. The BCM325 cohort managed to grab the attention of Alita fans, which resulted in my tweets gaining a large amount of engagement from both classmates and the general public, and continuing to receive engagement for about a week after the screening. The tweets that received the most amount of engagement were observations about the film and discussions of the visual effects. While the tweets I posted in connection to the lecture content didn’t gain as much traction as the aforementioned tweets, they still received more engagement than my tweets from previous weeks.
However, the highlight of this week was this tweet I posted about the disruption of binary systems mentioned in the lecture. It was even retweeted in the weekly UOW Digital Media Society showcase. I believe this tweet is the most representative of my improvement in live tweeting, as it addresses both the lecture content and is a live reaction to a plot point in the film. I think including a still from the film also served its likeability well.
Week Ten: Ready Player One (2018)
This week’s screening of Ready Player One was a bit more difficult than other weeks, even though I had made significant strides in the practise of live tweeting. Unfortunately, the lecture notes weren’t posted on moodle, so I couldn’t easily refer back to the lecture when crafting tweets during the screening. I had drafted a majority of the minimum 10 tweets prior to the screening, most of them containing links to further research about the exploration of cyberspace in the film, but I also included some tweets about the nature of nostalgia. These tweets received some engagement, but significantly less than the recent previous weeks.
However, this allowed me to spend more time interacting with my peers, and retweeting the insights that they were posting. I wish I had spent more time attempting to create conversations and reflect on the lecture content in these replies. My most prominent tweet for this week was a quote tweet that demonstrated a recurring thought I had throughout this film.
Week Eleven: Robot & Frank (2012)
This brings us to the final week of live tweeting. This week, while I drafted several original tweets that related to the lecture topic of AI, my main focus was to improve in an area that had been lacking in previous weeks; interactions. I spent more time quote tweeting and replying to my peers’ tweets with meaningful insights. My personal favourites were the tweets that incorporated my knowledge of the lecture content and the knowledge I’ve gained through watching previous films, as we see with this tweet on the right.
I also tried to incorporate more pictures in an attempt to gain more engagement, which was an observation I made in the recent previous weeks. This worked to a certain extent, but I wish I had tested this theory sooner. The tweet below includes a still/quote from the film that directly correlated with the lecture content, making it my highlight for this week.
While there are still areas that need more work (the frequency and quality of my replies), and things I discovered later in the semester that I wish I could have incorporated more (such as including pictures), I’m really proud of the improvements I’ve achieved over the course of live tweeting. My increased efforts to reflect on the lecture material, both through further background research and reacting to specific plot points in the films, paid off in increased engagement and acknowledgement from my peers. I feel satisfied with the overall quality of my tweets and I believe I achieved what I set out to in my previous live tweeting blog post.