It has been a fascinating couple of weeks. The Lifestream is coming together is being influenced by the course content as that is what is focusing my attention at the moment. I have started exploring dystopian environments in Second Life and I have started to make a movie using Camtasia and uploading to Youtube.
The aspects of cyberculture and the film festival that have had the most pervasive effect on me has been the notion of humanity and what it really means to be human. The excerpt, ‘Tears in Rain’ from the movie Bladerunner displays an evolution from the metal enclosed HAL. In Roy batty I think we have the embodiment of what HAL strived for. However, where HAL lacks any emotional empathy, the embodied Roy Batty ‘seems’ to develop empathy. I feel all the films have shown the theme of evolution, not just technological evolution on its own but in parallel with notions of humanity and how it can be recreated using technology. This creates a real sense of a dark dystopia which these films convey.
The twittering has been fun, and it has just been like waking up to the cacophony of birds twittering away. I found it useful to record my immediate thoughts on an issue. I would have preferred if I was in a twittering group as there were so many tweets coming in at once.