Week 10 summary – man machine

The final week of the course – boo hoo! This week my blog has been focusing on the idea of the cyborg and whether the addition of superhuman parts makes them less human. Is this physical addition stripping the human of what Muris (2003) refers to as physical embodiment – the spirit, conciousness and identity? [...]

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Week 4 summary – Sound track to the Mooc

This weeks blog has focused mainly on the film festival and reactions to the Mooc – my own and others. The films helped revisit the ideas of utopia and dystopian societies, and linked with Bell’s (2001) idea of dronoeconomics, the suffering of the people building the internet and the capitalist control from the government figures [...]

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Visual Artefact on the MOOC

Having watched the video’s depicting the future both utopian and dystopian perspectives. One thing I noted was the soundtracks were all pretty epic, creating a further level to the imagery of the dark apocalyptic times. I was struggling to think of how to describe what would make a perfect sound track to the future. perhaps [...]

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Dronoeconomics

From a personal point of view I focused on the teaching aspects of two films on the Edcmooc I get this overwhelming feeling whilst watching these video’s of “when would I have time to prepare all that” Made me think of the reading by Bell (2001) who described the Internet as a working zone – [...]

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Week 2 Summary – The cyberspace imaginary

My Blog and my mind this week has been on a journey. The films we watched in week 1 left me feeling a kind of mistrust of technological advances as though greater surveillance would lead to greater control and therefore a move from the real to the unreal in a way I didn’t feel happy [...]

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Countercultures effect on technology

This weeks readings have looked at the terminology and driving forces for technology in films and books, Bell (2001) suggested that counterculture was the force behind adaption and was influential in driving forward new technology. This is evident in recent films which have shown “futuristic” technology which has then gone on to be made in [...]

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Dystopian Society

Just watched the Hunger games – fantastic film yet such a disturbing view of the impact of social hierarchy. Two kids from a poor district competing – life or death against other children for big brother style entertainment. The game controllers deciding the fate of what challenges and opportunities the children happen upon. Running man [...]

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Digital – real or unreal

I loved this advert for the Toyota GT86. I like the digital imagery, the reminiscence of playing Grand Theft Auto and the Truman Show. I thought it was interesting that it attempted to show a physical response of goose pimples in the digital characters, yet acknowledged of the lack of emotional feeling in the digital [...]

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Week 1 Summary

SO far………. I have been focusing on the idea of Utopian and Dystopian societies through film. Having recently watched Hunger games – a fantastic representation of a Dystopian society. Pitching people against themselves, with an outside agency controlling the situation to make better entertainment. There are many films which represent dystopia, and it is usually [...]

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