This blog post is a critical self reflection on the live tweeting process that I have been testing in the last couple of weeks. 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.
Week 1: Metropolis:
I found that live tweeting Metropolis was a very fascinating experience because it is a film that I have previously studied before in High School. With that knowledge, I could easily explore why Lang used certain film techniques and biblical connotations to get his message across. However, this live tweeting process got me to understand how the future would be predicted through Langs eyes with the zeitgeist of the 1920’s.
With the tweets above I wanted to discuss how Biblical connotations were largely used to categorise certain elements of the film as ‘holy’, ‘heavenly’ or ‘sinful.’ I found that these tweets created a lot of engagement and opened to a lot of discussions with my peers. I did this by asking questions in my tweets. I tried to add a lot more critical thinking rather than academic sources for this week because I was so aware of the film and wanted to instead ask my peers what their perspectives were. You will see this change within the upcoming weeks.
I also wanted to explore the future of films itself and how despite this movie being an original, it felt to the viewer as something that has been done before. I like to add a question to the end of some of my tweets to create open discussion as you can see in the above three tweets. Some tweets were incredibly successful with this but a lot weren’t. An example of a continuous thread with a peer stemming from one of my tweets can be seen below:
Frank and I were discussing lack of originality in films but it got me thinking: maybe it’s not the films that are unoriginal, it is us. Frank challenged by view that there are only 36 plots in film history by sharing another article which allowed us to engage in more critical thinking upon originality in humanity and therefore in films.
Week 2: 2001: A Space Odyssey
Over the coming weeks my goals was to interact with my peers more though retweeting, reblogging and quote tweeting. I found that I had a lot of success in this. As you can see below my engagement and communication with my peers had increased which led to further discussions:
Week 3: Westworld
After a couple of weeks I can admit that my tweets had become a little bit more lazy than the beginning. I was tweeting less about my own perspectives with my own original thinking and focusing more on secondary sources that supported my ideas. That is not to say that I didn’t learn anything. If anything, the sources I found allowed me to understand the films better and also get a secondary perspective from people that have studied the films in incredible detail. These tweets seemed to have been less engaging so in the later weeks I decided to focus on what works with quote-tweeting, reblogging and developing my own critical discussions with my peers.
I had to constantly remind myself to mention in my tweets the future, whether that to be discuss the films perspective of our present or to determine how the present will radically change the future. I wanted to question why we do things despite the fears that we have about the future:
Engaging in more communication and open discussion:
I think in the future I will try and create my own polls as that would create a really interesting space for discussing each-others perspectives – this is also a really good way to increase my engagement. I did interact with a lot of polls that were created by my peers and contributed into the discussions:
Week 4: Blade Runner and Week 5: Ghost in The Shell
Something that I also will contribute to the future of live tweeting is adding memes and creating some light-hearted material. Although all my tweets were relevant to the topics and I believe I did a really good job in analysing the films, I feel that a lot of it was incredibly heavy. Digital memes are something that the past did not expect for us to utilise so often so I believe it is a really interesting format that I will implement in the next coming weeks.
As you can see below I have really focused on quote-tweeting as it is a really interesting way to trail off from the persons ideas and to create our own questions and critical thinking. It also allows your audience to engage in other peers tweets that they may not have seen.
Looking back, I think that I did a really consistent job in bringing my own perspective on the films to twitter. My aim was for a mix of self-reflection, critical thinking and the use of sources on film analysis which I think I achieved. I could have 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. Despite this, I found this experience a strange but enjoyable one and I hope to improve on this in the next coming weeks.