Tweeting & Engaging – Part I

Prior to attending my first BCM325 seminar, I had no idea what the concept of live-  tweeting was. As a marketing major, I wasn’t completely aware that live-tweeting played such an important role in this subject but over the past 6 weeks. I found that is such a prominent and interesting tool for learning. This blog post will be a small analysis of the ways I interacted with my classmates via Twitter as we review and construct six films such as; Metropolis (Lang, 1927), A Space Odyssey (Kubrick 1968), West World (1978),  Blade Runner (1982) and Ghost in the Shell (1996).

As my live-tweeting skills were very beginner during week one, I decided to follow the crowd and find the facts about the film we were watching. I figured that if I did some research I would be able to grasp a flow of how to keep up with the influx of tweets during the viewing. I found that learning the background and themes of the films over time, I was able to disregard any obstructions such as silent film such as Metropolis (1972). Gaining an understanding of the various themes behind other films such as A Space Odyssey (1968) and West World (1978) also allowed me to gather an idea about how these films explore the concept of what we predicted the future would be like at that time of production.

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As I ventured further into the depths of live-tweeting concepts, I figured I could research the various other aspects of the films we viewed every week. I see myself as one who thinks ‘outside of the box’ and wanted to introduce this into my weekly tweets. I thought that if my classmates were all discussing the politics and concepts of the films, I could lean towards exploring the behind the scenes of the film-making process.

Every film has a different setting, character analysis and they tend to demonstrate different versions of the futuristic world they perceived at the time. Having an interest in fashion, it’s designs and concepts and how clothing plays a significant role in the creation of film I wanted to incorporate this into my live-tweeting. Alongside this, I think it’s also important to highlight the setting and architecture of films, especially when they connotate futuristic themes and how modern day society is incorporated into these films many years ago. Discussing these areas of the films, I was able to initiate a general response on these tweets through likes and retweets from classmates. In doing so, I believe people interacted more with this form of thinking outside of the box and may have helped understand the films further.

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By analysing my overall efforts to ‘master’ the concept of live-tweeting, I’ve figured I’ve managed to build some kind of understanding on how to do it. Although, there is somewhat room for improvement. Reading through the live-tweets during the viewings, I’ve noticed that many students tend to use the information to spark conversation by asking questions about particular topics as well as other opinions. I am also willing to try and incorporate forms of media such as memes and GIFs in order to stay “on trend” with the Twittersphere and become more interactive with my posts. I believe by incorporating the two, I should be able to drive more engagement with my tweets and allow others so understand that ways I understand the foundations of the films we watch.

Overall, I believe that actively being involved in live-tweeting activities I have been able to gain an understanding of the films we watch, as well as incorporate my own type of research and engagement.

You’ll find all my tweets here 

Stay tuned for more,

Lachy.

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