A Critical Twittering Summary (Weeks 1-5)


This blog post was written as part of BCM 325 – Future Cultures, as studied as part of my Digital & Social Media major at the University of Wollongong.

Every Thursday morning for the last several weeks (not counting a two week break), me and my classmates have been live-tweeting a viewing of a science-fiction film. This is a critical evaluation on my own livetweeting contributions.

Quotes and Sources

As part of my contribution to the discussion around these films, I shared several quotes from those involved in the films or offered links to articles which could provide more insights or fresh perspectives on the films. Of course, there’s not much benefit to providing  link and nothing else, so I included a sentence or two interpreting or indicating what was in these sources.

I will say that I think I can do better with these types of tweets. In order to provide more robust insight with such sources I could spend more time before each screening looking for and reading these articles. Many of my sources were found mid-screening, meaning I had very little time to read through them to find something of interest, and even less time to digest them and formulate something meaningful or interesting to say about them. I’m not unhappy with those that I did produce, but I believe I can do better.

Discussion Engagement

There’s not a lot of point of having a group viewing if you spend the whole time monologuing and not engaging with what others had to say. When I saw someone say something interesting or insightful, I made sure to like or retweet their it both to share their words and to sort of give an approving nod to them. Just to make sure they knew that their words were appreciated. I’m quite happy with my frequency in doing this, and would like to maintain this frequency in the upcoming weeks.

I didn’t always have something to say in response to others’ tweets (I have a bit of a tendency to not say anything unless I really feel like I have something of value to a conversation), but when I did have something to say I was sure to offer it.

The result of this is that I am quite happy with the value of my discussion, but perhaps less so with their frequency. In this circumstance I prefer quality over quantity, but I’d like to improve my quantity of discussion without losing any quality, Of course, this is a difficult skill to achieve while doing all the other simultaneous elements involved in livetweeting, but this is a skill I’d like to continue to develop.

Thoughts on the Future?

A goal of these screenings is to have us thinking about how humans perceive the future, how science-fiction texts represent the future, and how these texts influence our perceptions of the future. This was at the forefront of my mind while watching these films, and can be seen in a number of tweets.

I’m reasonably happy with these types of tweets and would like to further increase the quality and quantity of them.

Final Thoughts

I do not think my tweets are prompting too much engagement and discussion from my peers, and I’d like to see more of that. Well, there’s always the occasional funny or slightly-off topic tweet that gets attention (like giving everyone an unwanted clarification on the firmness of severed eyeballs) which is great, but I’d like to get prompt more discussions engaging with the themes and critical study areas of the films.

Overall, I’m quite happy with my tweets. Livetweeting like this is a difficult skill that requires quite a bit of multitasking and I’m happy with how I’ve been going with it (although there’s always room for improvement!).

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