This blog post is a critical self reflection on the live tweeting process that I have been testing in the last couple of weeks and how I have improved from the last tweeting evaluation. Every Thursday I have sat down to watch a classic science-fiction film while also live tweeting my though processes in relation to how the past perceived the future cultures. I wanted to discover what their perspectives were and how they compare to the present now. Below I will be exploring how my tweeting was during these seminars, and how the critical thinking of the films resonated with the other students.
Reflection from the last tweet evaluation; (to check our blog 1 click here)
From my last blog I said that I wanted to improve by being more engaging with my peers. These were my goals:
- Utilising the lecture material more and connecting it to my DA
- Providing more light and happy content (memes)
- Create my own polls to increase engagement and discover new perspectives.
I still would outsource information from articles and blogs, however this was not my priority for the past few weeks, instead I focused on improving those three points to see how I can improve in the things I once lacked.
I definitely took it upon myself to make more polls to create discussions within my peers. This was something that I really focused on.
Below is a really good example for how I successfully utilised the twitter poll to create engagement and have a further discussion with my peers. This was one of the best polls I created for that week. There were 9 votes, 4 comments and 1 retweet. I was able to see the different perspectives that my peers had on living in a simulation. This allowed for some critical thinking because I got to look at this idea in a different way then what I had in mind.
Here is some more examples of polls I created throughout the weeks;
Below my poll had 4 votes and 1 like. I should have asked for further comments in this tweet and ask why do we try to be in a simulation such as the OASIS. It would have been interesting to find out if this is a choice or if we are just following the technological advances of our time. I also found that tweeting earlier in the film rather than later gave me a better chance of having better engagement.
Below is another example on where I think that having a follow up question would have really helped me with engaging with my peers. Only one person voted on this poll which makes me wonder if I was more specific or gave an example then I could have done better with this tweet.
This is another great example of an engaging poll. I got 12 votes, 1 quote tweet, 4 comments and 3 likes! I believe this tweet did well because it nicely fit in with our lecture of the week on futurists and our future relationships with transhumanist and A.I. One of the goals of the transhumanist movement is to navigate the ethical dilemma of creating intelligent artificial life. This question really addressed this. My goals was to see different perspectives of the A.I and human dating dilemma and I did just that with the responses I got (see below)
It was an interesting discussion because I did not consider the benefits for people who are alone and have no one. This definitely changed my perspectives a little. I wish that I had commented back to create further discussions. However, I did comment back on the movie Her because I had watched this film before and it backed my initial belief that these inter-relationships would end badly if humans allowed themselves to have feelings for mad-made androids.
My second goal to improve my tweeting was to create more lighthearted content to seperate from the heavy lecture material that I was focusing on the weeks before. I can admit that I did not do this as much as I would have liked to, but either way the engagement on these posts were incredibly slim so I decided not to focus on them as much anyway and give more attention to more engaging tweets such as polls and responding to comments.
As my goal was for maximum engagement, I would regularly ask questions to my peers rather then overflow them with information as I use to. This seemed to be successful and I got some really interesting perspectives from my peers. I tried my best to interact and respond with each comment by liking and commenting on each tweet where I could;
My third goal for my tweets was to refer back to my DA and connect it to our lecture material and screenings. I was really interested in the lecture on cyberspace as my DA is based on the social media cyberspace and it’s interesting to understand why individuals act as though the cyberspace is genuine and valid when it isn’t actually ‘real’. I was really happy with the feedback I got from this tweet as Emma responded that this perspective would also help with her DA a lot. I’m really happy that my tweets were able to help my peers with their tasks.
Engaging in my peers tweets:
I did my best to comment, retweet and quote tweet on the posts that my peers were creating. I do think I lacked in responding in helpful or insightful ways such as further readings and rather agreed on their opinions instead or said something light-hearted instead. This is something that I will definitely work on in the future.
There were moments where I did ask further questions although the responses to these tweet were not very high, especially if they were quote tweets rather then comments.
In the last blog, my aim was for a mix of self-reflection, critical thinking and the use of sources on film analysis which I think I achieved.
In this blog I improved by taking more from the lectures, providing light and happy content (memes) and by creating my own polls to increase engagement and discover new perspectives. I found this a very different but enjoyable experience.