My live tweeting experience began with week’s one’s Ghost in the Shell (1995). I hadn’t seen this film before but knew of its existence in relation to film studies. I tweeted a quote, “Countless ingredients to make up the human body and mind” as I found it interesting in terms of humans being produced in a non-organic setting. Although, this tweet didn’t receive much engagement I still thought it was a stimulating quote to share.
For the screening of Johnny Mnemonic (1995), I chose to add humour into my tweeting. This reflected how I saw the movie. As a collective, students didn’t take the film too seriously. I created a meme based on Ice-T’s character. I used intertextuality to engage with a variety of audiences. Ice-T most prominent role is Detective Tutuola in Law and Order: SVU. This tweet received eleven likes and two retweets, therefore it successfully engaged with #BCM325.
The Matrix (1999) was the chosen film for week four. I had already seen it but my perspective had altered. I used a direct quote to tweet, “Human beings are no longer born, but are grown”. This quote summarised the entire experience for me. Artificial Intelligence is developing this idea that humans can be grown. I also found @CelenaScava98’s tweet about the recent tech scandal regarding Cambridge an interesting link as it revives The Matrix into today’s news.
Be Right Back, an episode of Black Mirror was week five’s chosen text. This episode was gripping as it addressed numerous themes relative to the subject overall. The key theme I took out of it was the relationship between machinery and humanity. Often this relationship is negatively shown. However, Domhnall Gleeson’s character is a cyborg that isn’t feared ironically because of his humanity. A key tweet from this week was a question. I asked, “Is sex with a cyborg masturbation?” I found this interesting as the episode showed sex scenes between a human and a machine. This attracted attention within the BCM325 hashtag. Today, we find a lot of pleasure in our devices but I hadn’t thought of this element of pleasure before
Another episode of Black Mirror was screened in week seven. The episode, Hated in the Nation engages with countless ideas regarding technology and our relationship with it. It included elements of technology that we already know but also hybrid cars, self-replication, smart house, remote traffic and transparent screens, to name a few. Twitter was being shown as villainous which I tweeted about and questioned. @geeewizz_’s reply to my tweet as I began to question my questions. I wondered whether Twitter was the villain but @geeewizz_ stressed that may be the humans who “embody” social media are without realising.
@MeggenP7’s tweet for week eight instantly interested me as it was both relevant to the text (Blade Runner: 1982) but also to the subject as a whole. Artificial Intelligence is controversial as it forces us to see what the future may be like. Do we want to know what we are yet to know? @MeggenP7 asked whether attaching our own thoughts to AI characters is the same as regular fictitious characters in television shows or films. I think we look for humanity to connect with characters or beings. AI characters can showcase aspects of humanity despite not being human.
Live tweeting over the course of eight weeks has been surprisingly challenging as you must be actively thinking whilst engaging. It is a useful tool to have for media students as you are required to absorb texts (in all forms), regularly.