The Live Tweeting Experience

Throughout the semester, we have been interacting with the futuristic films shown to us during class via the Twitter hashtag #bcm325. Attempting to create both informative and engaging content while also doing my best to keep track of films in a genre in which I often lose interest in fairly quickly, has been quite the challenge for me. The result was memes and historical/intertextual references:

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Tweets like those above were informed and feature some knowledge of prominent figures in computer programming and mixed with pop-culture references in an attempt to get a conversation started – rather unsuccessfully if threads are any evidence to go by. However, they were not the only content I was producing during these live tweeting sessions. I also tweeted some spicy takes concerning the lack of diversity ft. my disinterest in white men on screen (and all the time):

I noticed that I was more engaged and engaging when I expressed my opinions and interpretations of the text. Thus, I was able to continue a conversation through Twitter threads – in this case concerning Bladerunner (1982):

I unfortunately missed the screening of Ghost in the Shell (1995) which I was excited to see as I’m sure it would’ve been a much more enjoyable change from the regular white straight male (or masculine presenting in the case of Bladerunner) protagonist in which we had seen in previous weeks.

Through this task I’ve learned that attempting to live tweet is not an easy feat. Often failing the challenge of twenty interactions or when I do meet the challenge, the majority of the interactions are passive such as a like or a retweet without adding anything to the conversation other than a simple share. I also learned that I need to create more engaging content and be fast about it, because comments become old news faster that you can type.

Although this experience was difficult it was interesting to see my peers’ thoughts relayed out into cyberspace in real time. I will admit that it is a lot easier to articulate my opinions and knowledge clearly to my classmates as I can curate them to be as effective as possible even with the limitations (i.e. time, characters, etc).

In future, I will attempt to engage further with my classmates, bring educated comments into the mix in the hopes of creating a more informative conversation. Although memes and jokes are fun and more entertaining for me, more often than not they fail to contribute to any further discussion other than a few likes. There have also been a couple of times where I have made a couple of errors in my tweets, whether its spelling mistakes or forgotten the hashtag. In future, I will try to be more careful when writing my tweets before posting as there is no editing mechanism once it’s posted other than deleting it all together.

Overall, live tweeting is definitely a skill I need to develop throughout the rest of the semester. Hopefully, this will heighten the engagement with my fellow classmates and encourage better conversations and making better use of the time spent in class.