Tweets Part Two

Since the first few weeks of live-tweeting, I definitely think I’ve gotten better at critically analysing the movies we’ve been watching, or at least taking parts of the film and looking at them from a particular lens – Blade Runner 2049 and my Bechdel Test rabbit hole is an example of this. I’ve also tried to improve with my engagement with fellow classmates, and I believe I did this to varying degrees of success, whether through retweeting with a comment, or replying to tweets.

Most prominent tweets

Week 9:

This tweet was an attempt at improving on combining my joke tweets, which seem to get more engagement, with a critical thought or idea about the movie. I was questioning the possibility of a robot performing a task which goes against its specific programming, but then the ‘loophole’ was addressed by the movie while I was writing the tweet. This tweet got three likes and one retweet.

While watching the movie, I was noticing a lot of people feeling conflicted about the ethics of a robot being given to the elderly as a companion and caretaker. I realised the movie was touching on these issues but not really providing a clear moral position on it. When I was doing research about the movie, I found an article where the director said this was a very intentional choice, so I shared this in a thread so others could think about this fact as well. The thread total had 11 likes.

This was a simple observation I had that a lot of sci-fi films or content that focus on an emotional relationship and connection to artificial intelligence often have a scene where the robot ‘dies’ or has to be shut down/reset/rebooted. In The Good Place, this is repeatedly played for comedic effect and in Robot and Frank, it was for emotional effect. This tweet had two likes.

Honourable mentions:

This tweet was a joke and a reference to early 90s robot toys/pets. It received eight likes and two replies, one of which had three further replies. This was the best engagement I had this week.

Week 10:

This is a thread of a thought I had that the movie was commenting on – the infantilising of the elderly in regards to their health and upsetting news. It wasn’t critically engaging with the content of the film from a future perspective but was an interesting thought about the themes of the film. It got four likes total and one retweet.

This tweet highlighted that this movie was another in which humans had tried to replicate real human consciousness and emotion in AI, and was presented in a way which showed more ethical and moral issues than potential benefits (in my opinion). I couldn’t think of a film in which this was achieved and represented completely positively, and so was asking the hashtag if they could think of any in an attempt to engage others. This didn’t really work out. The tweet got three likes but no other engagement from the class.

This was my attempt at engaging with the tweet and thought of another classmate. The original poster was commenting on the film positioning technology as something the elderly rely on and asking if this was predicting a switch in who used technology the most in the future, from the young to the old. This reminded me of the shift Facebook has seen recently, and so I shared an article referring to this. This tweet received two likes and one retweet.

Another engagement with an idea from another classmate, this tweet was responding to a comment about the film focusing on memory, but that our memories are infamously fallable. I noted that in the film, the protagonist actively asks the AI to change her memory to something more exciting. This tweet got six likes.

This was my answer to the question “Why should artificial intelligence be valued in relation to people rather than other thinking beings?” posed in relation to how human-centric sci-fi is. This is also a massive theme in a lot of sci-fi films, so I thought it answered the question the best it could be answered. It received two replies.

Honourable mentions:

Joke tweet, because Twitter always loves a thirst tweet. This thread about the attractiveness of the two leads got four total likes.

Week 11:

This week was super interesting to me because Bladerunner 2049 is a movie I kept coming across when researching my DA on sci-fi’s representation of women. So this article was one I had read and was saving to share for this week. It questions the positioning of the love interest in the film, as she is literally owned by K. This thread got five likes and three retweets total.

This question is interesting to me. The characters in the film don’t want the world to find out replicants can reproduce because this could lead to war, which means it would change the way people thought about the replicants’ humanity. So I was asking the hashtag their thoughts on this; why does the reproductive status of something change the way we think about treating it? This tweet did get engagement; someone replied with “Good question. I think maybe they don’t believe people were actually ‘born’ and they are replicants of others and others before that.”

The Bechdel Test is something I’ve been referring to in some of my videos in my DA’s, so I looked up this movie to see if it passed. While it’s not a comprehensive test, it is an interesting jumping off point to see how a film represented women. Bladerunner has a disagreement about if it passes or not, so I lay out the arguments in this thread. I also asked a question about what others thought about this issue and the representation of women in the movie. The thread got eight likes in total and resulted in the most engagement I’ve gotten all session, with seven replies and 17 likes among these replies.

The previous thread I did inspired me to look up all of the films we’d watched so far and find out if they passed the Bechdel test or not. Most of them passed at least one of the criteria, except for Ghost in the Shell and West World and Johnny Mnemonic, which hadn’t been logged online yet. I had to do this with the condition that clearly female-coded AI/robots/androids counted as female characters, as so many of the films do have these kinds of characters. This thread got four likes and one retweet.

Honourable mentions:

This was an example of engagement with a fellow classmate in the replies of my original tweet about Blade Runner 2049 and the Bechdel test. It recieved three likes.

Same as above. This tweet got five likes.

Week 12:

I hadn’t seen The Matrix and people are very unimpressed when they hear this, usually. I’d tried to watch it a few times but hadn’t liked the beginning – I’d never gotten to Morpheus before. After seeing the movie, I understand why people think it’s a must-watch. It’s a pretty freaking good movie. This tweet got six likes.

This tweet thread was a thought I kept having seen my classmates tweets about how not knowing what is real or not would mess with their heads. It was a pretty personal tweet with information about me in it, but the thought was interesting enough I wanted to share it. This tweet thread received twelve likes total, and one retweet.

Just a damned good quote and part of the movie. Trinity is amazing. This tweet received five likes.

This was an example of taking a comment about the movie from a classmate and having another thought from it. In the OP’s tweet, they pointed out that at the beginning of the film when Neo is introduced to the world, in 88 lines of dialogue, 44 of them are questions. This was interesting to me as too often in films, I feel to move the story along, characters are very quick to accept without much question a new, unbelievable thing. I thought it was good that Neo’s character was questioning things – especially when the entire film revolves around not knowing what is real or not. This tweet didn’t receive any likes or retweets.

This sarcastic tweet was referring to incel/MGTOW/etc communities on the internet taking the phrase “Take the red pill” to mean choosing to ‘realise’ the world is skewed towards females and men are superior.” This tweet got two likes and one reply thread with three tweets.

This one was a commentary about how Trinity is a well-written, strong female character, which can be rare in Sci-fi, and especially because her actions have a direct impact on the plot, another thing female characters in sci-fi often don’t get to do that often. This tweet thread got four likes and one reply thread with three replys.

Honourable mentions:

Relevant sci-fi joke referring to the terrible aim of the Stormtroopers in Star Wars. None of the many army men shooting at Neo and Trinity in the final gun scene hit them. This tweet got two likes and one retweet.

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