BCM325 DA & CONTEXTUAL REPORT – GENRES OF THE FUTURE

BCM325 DA & CONTEXTUAL REPORT – GENRES OF THE FUTURE

Throughout this semester in BCM325, Shalisse Thompson and I have curated content on ‘TikTok’, a popular social media platform that allows you to produce short videos following trends and popular sounds. On TikTok, we made 2-3 minute podcast styled videos on our very own account titled “Genres Of The Future”, in each of these videos we discussed how different forms of media such as music and film predicted future trends and events. I personally had previously made videos on TikTok for BCM112, BCM114, BCM215 and BCM206. With this previous knowledge and understanding as well as Shalisse’s love for Tiktok, it was easy to transition onto this platform and begin to make our videos. Despite this easy transition, both of us found it quite difficult to find a topic and idea to base our digital artefact on originally. We bounced around between making a podcast and talking purely about music and the future of music. Both of us had opposite ideas and debated (quite a lot) on what we were going to do. Eventually combining both ideas, we concluded creating content on a platform we both loved whilst discussing in a podcast format and occasionally talking about music. Compromising as a duo helped us grow together throughout this subject as well as develop new skills such as working coherently as a team.

Once deciding our topic, we began preparing for how, as a team, we would create said videos whilst also making them engaging and fun. We researched many different trends and events that were extremely popular on the internet and had the most discussion around them. Not only was there a large number of predicted events, but it was utterly fun as a team to discuss in person our thoughts on these events and predictions. Once bundling our favourite shows, movies, songs, and videos that predicted insane future events and trends, it was then time to film. We chose to do our videos on campus as it was convenient for both of us and so many versatile spaces. As you can see below, we were even allowed access into the music area that was soundproofed. We decided to have our own fun and use headphones and the microphones as fake props. This video being our first, you can see how we have not yet adjusted to speaking on camera and are still finding our way.

Moving on to our future videos, you can see us become more comfortable in front of the camera, conversing our theories and opinions smoothly and confidently. It was amusing for both of us to bounce back and forth in our videos, diving into our wild theories and laughing at ourselves as we sometimes failed to comprehend the predictability of these wild future events and trends. This experience itself really brought us together as a team and grow closer as a working unit. We worked extremely well together, especially due to there only being two of us. It was a perfect balance being a duo, as I’ve stated in another subject where I have collaborated with Shalisse, working in a pair gives almost the perfect balance of the workload and communication is the smoothest and easiest. If we had any troubles or questions, we could easily message or call each other instead of discussing with a group and as opposed to groups we had very open communication, voicing our opinions and being completely honest. We both didn’t mind disagreeing with each other and rejecting ideas we didn’t like or want to participate in. The actual teamwork experience itself was utterly successful and really enjoyable, group projects such as this really expose individuals to learning teamwork skills that are vital to any role.

After reconciling as a team, Shalisse and I’s debacles and challenges didn’t stop there.  Selfishly, I wanted to make more viral videos after previous success on the application when I reached around 400k views on one of my videos in a past essay. Based on my research and previous experience, taking part in trends, and using viral sounds as early as possible can aid in getting maximum views and likes, with this information I tried my utmost effort to catch trends early yet also incorporate my own interpretation of trends through our chosen topic. However, the most important learning we gained from this subject was a likelihood. Due to my viral content in other subjects, I became overconfident in this subject, expecting some (if not all) of our videos to go viral and would gain a significant amount of engagement and attention immediately. For obvious reasons, this didn’t happen.  Oberlo, a digital journalism page, stated that out of the 800 million users on the application, 41% are aged between 16 and 21. The average user opens TikTok at least 9 to 10 times a day and spends around 52 minutes on the app per time (Orbelo, 2021). With these statistics, our goals became more realistic, and we changed the way we view and present our videos, making them more engaging and “clickbait” like. Using analytic frameworks and tricks I had learnt from past subjects, we properly placed and displayed our videos to maximise engagement, views and attention. An example of this was the timing of our videos, we aimed to post the videos at times I believed would reach the largest number of audiences as well as target my videos at the age group of 16-30 as they were more likely to relate to the video content as the content we were reviewing and discussing dates back to when this age group would have been still at an age they would remember and feel nostalgic about, in a sense. Despite our combined efforts to receive maximum engagement and response, TikTok is by far the most popular social media platform to date, with billions of people using the video styled application daily. Due to the large growth on TikTok, as a prerequisite, I researched how many people had downloaded the application since I last did a digital artefact. In 2021, the application had over 658 million downloads, this is over 658 million people on the application since I did my last digital artefact. Our videos simply vanished into the abyss of millions of videos made per second. In no shape or form, unfortunately, did we receive the kind of engagement we wanted. Each of our videos received around 100-500 views and around 5-15 likes. We received a few comments but some of which had to be censored due to them mainly talking about the way we look or present ourselves. Tiktok unfortunately was the wrong application to use. With the given statistics and known facts, we were bound to not go ‘viral’ or get anywhere near the views we had both once received.

Overall, we made 4 TikTok videos for our digital artefact, 1 video every 2 weeks on average. Each video was around 2-3 minutes long and was shot in one frame with both a title on top that displayed what we were doing (as well as being clickbait) and relevant music in the background. As early stated, we aimed to post the videos at times we believed would reach the largest number of audiences as well as target my videos at the age group of 16-30 as they were more likely to relate to the video content and the corresponding nostalgic feeling. Along with tricks we both understood to use on TikTok, we also chose certain events and trends that had previously been viral on Tiktok and the internet. We believed using content that had been already popular and could spark debate would be of utmost interest. All of these tricks still unfortunately didn’t work, resulting in us receiving 34 followers on our page and 100-300 views per video.

Despite the results being disappointing, the subject was still incredibly enthralling to take part in and we really enjoyed ourselves making the videos and discussing something we are both thoroughly interested in.

Contextual Report

Shalisse and I’s digital artefact was based on prediction in media. Prediction, in the majority, is the word you’d use to associate with the future. We, as people, are constantly predicting what is going to happen next. With this is mind, the introduction of media has astonishingly predicted real-life events and trends. These media types include tv shows, music, film and games. Dissecting each of these chosen media, we made 4 videos to break down a chosen example of each media. We used a helpful quote I had learnt from a lecture in BCM325 titled “Artificial Intelligence: Predictions and Revolutions”, the quote read “Some predictions, are actually observations” (Moore, 2022).

Our first TikTok was focused on tv shows, specifically The Simpsons – who miraculously and single handily predicted an abundance of events. We followed an article by Collider for our discussion as it listed several of the Simpsons predictions such as Trump’s presidency and the COVID19 pandemic (Kosmola, 2022).

@genresofthefuture

Our thoughts on the simpsons predicting Donald Trump #foryou #fyp #podcast

♬ original sound – Genres of the Future

Moving on to our next Tiktok, we focused on music, our example being Tupac’s song “Keep Your Head Up”. The 1993 iconic song has a specific quote “You’ve got money to win wars but not feed the poor, said they ain’t no hope for the youth… truth there ain’t no hope for our future” which coincidentally predicts a certain future of war, corruption and the economic gap.  We discussed how, much like Chris Moore stated, Tupac’s observation itself brought forward the obvious prediction.

Our third TikTok was based on the film, and we chose, of course, the most obvious example of Back To The Future. The film predicted many events and trends yet the most intriguing for us to discuss was the Nike MAG shoes. The sneaker-like shoes had the ability to electronically tie themselves up. The idea at the time of releasing the 1986 film was unbelievable, much like flying cars, no one thought they’d ever materialise. However, in 2016 Nike released the shoes in honour of the movie becoming 30 years old. In this case, the past could never have predicted such a futuristic item to become real in only 30 years.

The final TikTok surrounded the genre of gaming. Shalisse and I observed and discussed the 2011 video game “Deus Ex” predicting the election of Justin Trudeau in 2015. Out of all the genre’s predictions, this one shocked us both the most. The game, much like the Simpsons, had a clear reflection of the election as part of its gameplay. As the election was in 4 years in the future, it would be nearly impossible for the creators of the game to know Justin Trudeau would later be predicted.

Reflecting on these chosen examples, the quote I addressed earlier stands true in a sense. Most media predictions are observations to an extent such as Tupac’s song for example. However, The Simpsons is unexplainable, almost as if the writers came from the future when writing down the ideas. Looking at genres from the past, we can even see certain predictions now – that also seems unbelievable, like the Game Ready Player One. Could we one day live in a virtual world to escape reality, despite how insane it may seem?

Our DA:

https://www.tiktok.com/@genresofthefuture

References

Kosmola, K., 2022. 10 Predictions From ‘The Simpsons’ That Came True. [online] Collider. Available at: <https://collider.com/predictions-the-simpsons-came-true/&gt; [Accessed 20 May 2022].

Orbelo, 2021. 10 TikTok Statistics You Need to Know in 2021 [March data]. [online] Au.oberlo.com. Available at: <https://au.oberlo.com/blog/tiktok-statistics&gt; [Accessed 19 May 2022].

Christopher Moore. 2020. BCM325 Future Cultures – Artificial Intelligence: Predictions and Revolutions. BCM325 Lecture Series. [Accessed 20 May 2022] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WH3ddrSZ5bg

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Live Tweeting PT 2 – BCM325

Live Tweeting PT 2 – BCM325

futuristic movies. I have personally found the communication delivery through Twitter very enjoyable. The delivery has helped me converse ideas, meet fellow students and even debate with said students. Discussing through Twitter has also allowed me to view the selected movie from several different lenses, as different students had various points of view and opinions on the film. Coincidentally, I had not previously seen 4 out of 5 movies, my commentary in response being much rawer and impulsive. The only downside to having not seen the movies was my attention span – I was too enthralled with the films to tweet all time!

Robot & Frank

I personally believe Robot & Frank was one of the most popular movies in this subject – and most touching too. As I discovered earlier on in the subject, each film takes a very different approach on the “Man vs Machine” concept. In this case, the movie presents man and machine working hand in hand. Frank was a relatable character, his opinion on machines being very much like our generation’s opinion towards machines – hesitant and suspicious. Yet, throughout the film, the robot and man become friends and work for hand in hand. As I commented in the tweet below “It’s interesting to see a tame and friendly robot on screen, shows a different posthumanist perspective – without fear or death like the other movies in the subject #BCM325” this specific tweet engaged quite a lot of attention, students agreeing with my opinion and then further adding their own points. This movie was the most light-hearted and warm movie of the bunch and was very enjoyable.

The Arrival

This week’s movie was much darker than the last, and once again was an entirely different scope of the future and “Man vs Machine” concept. It was hard to engage this week due to purely once again being enthralled by the film, the film was definitely requiring continual engagement. Just like myself, I could tell it was hard for other students to engage on Twitter, obviously becoming distracted by the film as well. In opposition to “Robot & Frank” this film was much darker and eery.

It was the third film thus far following “2001 Space Odyssey” and “Ghost In The Shell (1995)” to include the concept of Aliens, presenting this idea of space and technology in the near future. My tweets were more fact-based and spread out this week, I was not engaging as much as usual due to the distraction of the film however I was still reading and gathering opinions from other students’ tweets.

Alita Battle Angel (2019)

As dramatic as this sounds, I was overwhelmed and amazed by this week’s movie. The graphics alone were futuristic in “Alita Battle Angel”. The movie also took decades to make, highlighting just how significant the advancement of film and the future of cinema itself. The roles are reversed in this film in relation to the “Man vs Machine” concept. In past films we have seen robots, in a sense, being invaders of a humane world, In “Alita Battle Angel” It is a human imposter invading a cyborg world. Viewing this movie from an entirely different lens again, after some research I learned the making of this film alone was even futuristic, the technologies used in the film were apparently beyond their year. This movie made it very clear that even though we are studying the films, the backstory and making of the film can have futuristic and advanced aspects too.

This tweet received 47 likes from die-hard Alita fans

Ready Player One

At this point, I feel like I’m slightly repeating myself, but my observation on this week’s film ONCE AGAIN shifted the focus and point of view on the “Man vs Machine” concept. This week, the concept was essentially immersed into one through VR technology. Man used technology as a weapon in “Ready Player One”, a large tech company buying a small-time creator’s dream VR for it to become the driving force in scamming society for their money, manual labour, and power. Many people in today’s class had multiple views on this week’s movie, sparking debate on whether technology or man is truly evil or if it is each other’s use of them that makes them a weapon.

I made a tweet stating “I think this movie along with other movies on this subject ask the same question – when is enough, enough when it comes to technology?” to which I got a response of “Is technology bad or is it how humans use technology”. My tweet caused a small debate about whether there are two evils or if technology only becomes evil in the hands of man. The movie alone highlighted that the extent of technology can be taken too far, removing us and making us severely out of touch with reality. This concept can even be viewed with the distraction of social media and the alteration of reality through apps such as Instagram and Facebook.

Don’t Look Up

We definitely finished off this semester with, in my opinion, the best futuristic based film to date. “Don’t Look Up” is the only film from this subject I had completed beforehand. This satirical masterpiece shows the shocking and frustrating response from humanity when threatened by a comet heading to earth. My largest engagement withing in this subject was in response to this film. The title alone shows the ignorance of humanity and how truly ignorance is bliss. Watching the movie back a second time, I found there was so much more to talk about.

There were continual juxtapositions between nature and humanity as well as SEVERAL satirical punchlines that I found myself constantly wanting to tweet about. “Don’t Look Up” is the nearest future film, the heavy use of social media alone relates closely to society’s response to the COVID19 pandemic, people used social media to laugh and make memes in response to danger. Viewing the #BCM325 feed, I saw even further quotes and actions in the film that mocked society and illuminated the ignorance and closed-mindedness of our society.

Live-tweeting in BCM325

Live-tweeting in BCM325

Each week in BCM325, we have been discussing future based movies in class. During the movies, we communicated through Twitter to discuss our opinions, share facts and questions what we were seeing. This communication delivery made the experience in class both enjoyable and extremely informative.

2001 Space Odyssey

As it was my first week tweeting, I was still getting used to the idea of tweeting my thoughts… leading me to questioning the movie abundantly and reflecting on past subjects and their relation to this subject. There was immediately discussion between the subject cohort as we began to bounce off each other with ideas, theories and questions.

Westworld (1973)

Heading into the next week, I began secondary research in the background, sharing facts and sources with my tutorial group. There seemed to be a lot more interaction for this movie – more likes, comments and retweets. We were all finally getting used to the idea of tweeting and sharing our opinions.

Ghost In The Shell (1995)

I found myself learning many new things from peers this week, longer and more through conversations were held and we discussed our different opposing opinions. Along that i found myself looking more so at the symbolism of each scene rather than the narrative, overseeing the parralels I found in other movies and backing my findings up with research.

The Matrix

The Matrix was by far the most mind blowing movie we have watched thus far. I found facts such as the twin and triplet scene, which gathered large engagement, however was extrmely interesting this was an element the movie incorporated. This movie oversaw every other movie and brought them all together and it was the upmost exstistential and made us all ponder outside of the box.

The online experience for this class so far has been a great form of immersive learning, involivng discussion and the sharing of information. All of my tweets can be found on the twitter side bar to the left of the page —->

BCM325 – PEER COMMENTARY

BCM325 – PEER COMMENTARY

Since beginning this subject, I have read many pitch ideas as well as made my own pitch. Through commenting on different people’s pitches, it not only had the potential to aid them but also excelled my own knowledge on what I can do to my pitch to further escalate my results.

The first pitch I commented on was Jess’s. Jessica had such an amazing pitch idea surrounding really poignant subject right now – Climate change.

I really enjoyed examining her pitch and found there was so much she could do with her digital artefact idea, which lead me to thinking about how my own digital artefact can vary and expand into to so much more as well. I recommended a factual website for Jess, full of facts that would blow her audience away if she chose to incorporate them.

The next pitch I commented on was Hannah’s, Hannah has chose a very daring but intelligent and out of the box idea – The Future of herself. By examining herself, she hopes to set out expectations for herself and how she will grow into the future

I suggested to Hannah to conduct a self analysis before beginning her series, and then later see how much of what she predicted became true into the future. The self analysis I suggested for Hannah brought me back to Shalisse’s and I’s DA and how we very much talk about ourselves throughout our podcasts and share our opinions – our DA mostly being about ourselves too.

Moving on, the final DA pitch I read was Rebekah’s. Rebekah is going to use her already established social media platforms of her dogs to analyse the growth of breeding in animals within the next ten years.

I suggested, much like Hannah’s pitch, that Rebekah should do a pre self analysis before starting – but of her dogs. Then later in her DA, she can reflect on her statement and after gaining further knowledge can assess her opinion.

All 3 pitches I commented on were phenomenal idea, I personally felt really good helping them and giving my opinion as well as learning how to frame my own digital artefact from their work too. Taking specifically from Hannah and Rebekah’s pitches, I will be doing a bit of my own self analysis into the future as I begin my digital artefact journey.

BCM325 PITCH – GENRES OF THE FUTURE

BCM325 PITCH – GENRES OF THE FUTURE

Hey guys and welcome to my pitch for BCM325 – future cultures. For this digital artifact I will be working with my peer and friend, Shalisse Thompson. We are both hoping to collaborate on our TikTok based Digital artefact – Genres of the future. Many forms of media such as music, film and TV have forecasted the future of technology, events, and occurrences. Hence, we have decided to make vlog/podcast episodes on a collaborative TikTok channel. In these said videos we will discuss between each other the selected genre, basing our discussions on opinions, facts, and statistics.

Our methodology moving forward is to construct 1–3-minute videos in a podcast format, that may later transgress into an actual podcast depending. Each video will be on our selected example or genre, we’ll be conversing throughout the video and reaching out to our audience to further interact with a hopefully generated TikTok community. In line with the Tiktok algorithm, we will test the timing of posts and which keywords, songs and trends catch the most attention. We are aiming to post weekly and take under consideration feedback we receive to further enhance our podcasts. We are hoping to post weekly at similar times, either (hopefully) on Friday or Saturday.

We are hoping to target BCM students, and anyone interested in learning about how the entertainment industry has predicted current situations and future references. We will use the audience engagement to create an analysis and use it as data to create the best possible outcome for our DA genres of the future. 

Before making each video, we will be conducting secondary research, collecting statistics and facts to back our discussions. Sources we will be using for our research will include academic & Scholarly articles, evidence, and primary source. By doing this we can ensure our delivery is precise and accurate. If we were to discuss false information, this could deuterate potential audiences from watching our videos as they believe they are falsified and wrong.

Examples within the genres we will be using include the predictions of historical events in The Simpsons, quotes made by famous singers and items that became realistic branching from futuristic movies such as the classic “Back To The Future”. Each of these examples will hopefully be primarily known by the majority of the audiences we are targeting and in coherence with this, we hope the feedback loop will involve a large audience and have varied responses.

We are both extremely excited to get to work and create these amazing videos for this subject, not only educating our soon to be developed audiences but learning new and interesting things ourselves. We both thoroughly believe this topic could attract large audiences and gather a lot of feedback in response. We can’t wait to see the plentiful responses and varied answers.

See you online,

Julia & Shalisse x