Contextual Essay BCM325

       
          

Summary of DA

When undergoing the ideation process for this digital artefact, I had to question what was truly important to me and what I was interested to see the future of. In this case, politics, and the way that society works has always been a point of interest for me. Thinking of societies around the world that currently live under a different political regime to myself made me question what these political regimes would look like in the future if they were to become global. I picked four regimes, however I ended up doing three as they were most prominent in media examples that I found. The three were Capitalism, Socialism and Communism. 

Relevant Subject Concepts

In each screening shown over the course of the subject, a recurring theme was that of politics, and the power that it held over the public. Movies like Metropolis, The Matrix, Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049, all exemplified a governing force that controlled and oversaw the way that the public lived and saw things in general. Therefore, by examining political regimes and concepts, it was easy to relate to the screenings. Socialism can be seen in Blade Runner, communism can be seen in Metropolis, there are examples in all the screenings that one can draw to the subject matter discussed in Future Cultures.

Engagement and Social Utility:
although my videos did not receive a high engagement rate, they provide a great social utility for several reasons. The first, being that they are educational videos that can help with school projects for those in high school or university studying politics. They are also explained so that kids between 15 and 18 can understand and apply to real life situations. The media examples provide a visual example of what the political regime would look like in action in the future. The first video posted received no views, so I attempted to make the next two videos more media focused as to try and grab attention. 

Continual Progression and Refinement:

The continual progression and refinement occurred during the making of the two videos based on socialism and communism. I decided that instead of it being a video essay that is for entertainment, it was to be aimed at being educational. Therefore, I remained with the slides/PowerPoint presentation format. With some key points and video on each slide, it made it a more professional and educational video. I also decided to share my own opinion on the political regime in each video and where I think we would be in the next 50 years.

Conclusion:

Therefore, my DA shows the possible effects of politics in the future and where our society may be. It provides an educational purpose to those wanting to learn more and become a part of a dynamic and interesting debate. Furthermore, the use of the subject matter combined with media examples and definitions of the political regimes, it made it easier for me to draw a conclusion on what politics will be in the next 50 years. I found that no matter the result, there will always be an element of turmoil. However, it is possible that society could take a stance now to prevent such bleak outcomes. Politics is an everchanging environment so no one can truly predict the future of it, however based off of patterns possible conclusions can be drawn.

BCM325 Beta

My concept for my DA is focusing on the future of politics in the next 50 years. I am making a video essay mini-series, comprised of five videos, four of which focus on specific political movements and the fifth being a conclusion video and my opinion of where I believe the future of politics is headed towards. I have released one prototype onto YouTube. However, this has not received high levels of engagement. My aim by the end of my DA is to have increased engagement levels through the utilization of social media platforms such as reddit and twitter in efforts to promote my project to a wider audience.

BCM112 beta

My initial concept was a tik Tok reviewing movies in the crime/horror genre. However, I am extending to a story time tik tok to increase engagement, as I believe by asking reddit users about their personal experiences it will be more interesting as they are true stories and experiences.

Blog Post B: Live Tweets

This blog is a self-reflection on my abilities to live-tweet whilst viewing screenings for Future Cultures BCM325. 

Week One Screening: Metropolis (1927)

Week one, we viewed the 1927 silent classic, Metropolis. Being the first live-tweeting experience, I had, this was an overwhelming process. My tweets that were engaging with the contact lacked the connection to lecture materials. They were mainly observations on moments in the movie and didn’t relate to any sources that I found externally. 

Although my tweets for this week received engagement through likes and some comments, it didn’t spark a deeper conversation. Furthermore, my interactions with peers could have been more than just liking and retweeting. I reacted through retweets to a number of my peers, as well as commenting on some thought-provoking statuses that were made. Overall for Week one, I believe that I needed to put more thought into finding external sources to relate to that week’s screening and doing more than just liking and retweeting posts.

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Week Two Screening: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

The following week, the screening 2001: A Space Odyssey was played. I believe that, although I was still getting used to the concept of live-tweeting, I was able to better interact with the content.

I managed to look to external articles to relate back to the viewing content.

This week, my tweets received more interactions, like comments. It sparked a conversation between myself and peers about our perceptions of the future, which allowed for more in-depth understanding for both sides. Commenting was something that I wanted to improve on this week. However, instead of just liking and retweeting I believe that I could have quoted some tweets or re-tweeted more. Overall, my tweets improved in finding external sources to relate to the content, however I needed to refer back to lecture material which week 1 & 2 tweets lacked.

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Week Three Screening: West World (1973)

Week three was the viewing of West World. This week I believe there was a jump in my tweeting ability. Although relation to the subject lectures wasn’t there, my research for external articles and relating the content to other concepts was prominent. I made my tweets more interactive in the hopes that they would spark conversation or a debate, in this example I used polls as a tool on twitter to try to achieve this.

In addition to this, I observed the screening and made comments and links between the predictions in the movie, to our society today. This week for my interactions, the aim was to quote some tweets by my peers and comment on them that way.

Overall, I was able to see a dramatic improvement in the interactions I engaged in on my peers’ tweets.

Week Four Screening: Blade Runner (1982)

Week four was the screening of Blade Runner (1982), and it revealed some interesting insights into the sci-fi movie genre. This week, my tweets focused on highlighting some outside sources for recommended reading that looked into the prominent themes that the movie portrays. I believe my tweets provoked thought and conversation amongst my peers, as they received some engagement. 

My interactions with my peers’ comments included quoting tweets, commenting and liking. Overall, I believe that my tweets continued to improve this week.

Week Five Screening: The Ghost in the Shell (1995)

This week we viewed the movie, The Ghost in the Shell. This was an anime classic, based on the convergence of “ghosts” being a consciousness inserted into an artificial body. This week my tweeting did interact with the subject lecture. I believe this has been a huge leap in comparison to where I was in Week one. Not only did I recommend the weekly reading for the subject, but I created opportunities for engagement through the use of a poll. In addition to this, I also related the film to one of my own personal favourite shows, Black Mirror.

This week my interactions only involved likes, which I could have improved on more.

Overall, I believe that my live tweets thus far show insightful observations and interactions with the subject screenings. I believe that with the coming weeks my engagement will improve and interactions will be more insightful.

BCM112 Pitch

For my DA project in BCM112, I am going to be focusing on the very niche community of true crime/psychological thriller movie genres. The name of my project is Macabre Reviews with Mads. I chose this concept as I am deeply interested in both true crime as a subject in general and as a movie genre, and psychological thrillers. I identified these communities on the TikTok platform, as there are many pages dedicated to this particular genre of films and case studies. However, I have noticed the lack of research and reviews on foreign films and cases. My DA aims to address this problem by reviewing a mixture of foreign and English psychological thrillers/true crime films. I believe that this will be useful to users in a number of ways, the main one being that people who feel weird for being fascinated by these macabre topics don’t feel alone and can make friends with those who are alike. 

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