For the first 5 weeks of BCM325 we had to live tweet our experience of the films Metropolis (1927), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Westworld (1978), Blade Runner (1982), and Ghost In The Shell (1995). It definitely was an interesting practice to undertake as it involves not only paying attention to the actual movie but also posting relevant and engaging tweets under the #BCM325 hashtag.
Week 1: Metropolis (1927)
Being a silent film, Metropolis was quite a challenging film to begin live tweeting. This week my tweets definitely focused more on interesting facts about the film which although some were rather successful, I definitely could have put more time into researching my tweets to make them more critically engaging and interesting.
Week 2: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
2001: A Space Odyssey was definitely a more engaging film for me personally. It posed a lot of deep questions that forced me to think about a lot of ideas I would not normally consider and as a result of that I think my tweets saw an improvement this week. I definitely still could have engaged more critically with the film although I will note that this week was where I think I started to figure out how to live tweet.
Week 3: Westworld (1978)
Westworld has been one of my favourite films to live tweet so far due to the fact that I genuinely liked the movie and had some background knowledge going in based off of the television show. I also definitely found my rhythm when it came to what I was tweeting. I have found that doing a mixture of both deeper themed tweets and lighter hearted ones gains a better response from people. However, this week I feel that I was able to link to concepts about the future more than in previous weeks which is evident in the quality of my tweets.
Blade Runner was quite a divisive film with my peers. I think some people enjoyed how much it questioned the future whilst others got dragged down by its length and heavy nature. I think despite enjoying Blade Runner I definitely noticed the quality of my tweets lowering after the previous week. However, this was the first week where I really tried to diversify the format of my tweets and the first week where I felt confident linking my tweets to BCM325 content, so I think that despite struggling with it I was still able to create some engaging and thought provoking tweets.
Week 5: Ghost In The Shell (1995)
The film I have probably struggled the most with so far this semester is Ghost In The Shell. Whilst it posed some very interesting ideas about the future and linked to some of the concepts set forth in previous films, I struggled to engage with the film overall. However, I still feel that the quality of my tweets this week show a distinct improvement to where I began my live tweeting journey especially as I was able to pose some relevant questions and get some good engagement from my BCM325 peers.
Overall, live tweeting thus far has been an eye-opening experience. I definitely think it can be quite difficult at times to engage with both the film and the #BCM325 hashtag and in doing this tweet summary I can definitely see a lot of room for improvement in the content of my tweets. As a method of combatting both of these issues I will aim to schedule tweets in advance which will enable me to not only research and link my tweets further to the subject content but also will relieve some of the pressure of producing quality tweets on the spot. Over the span of these 5 weeks, I have definitely noticed a few common themes in my tweeting such as ideas around philosophy, feminism, and the concept of memory. Whilst these are very interesting themes which I will most likely continue to tweet about as the semester progresses, I know that I need to link these themes more explicitly to the subject content in order to up the quality of my tweets.