A few weeks ago, I wrote a mid-semester update of some of the films we have been studying in our ‘Future Cultures’ class at Uni.
In this post, I will be adding the second half of that project and some highlights from it. These highlights are not the entirety of our conversations, but a few points that stood out to me throughout the rest of the semester. These include quotes, articles, conversations, and more.
You may remember from my last post that our commentary ranges from personal thoughts to academic analysis, all for the purpose of unpacking ‘Future Cultures’ within various media. You can check out all my tweets at my Twitter: @BoswellSbrain. Here are a few examples:
I wanted to look at case studies done in the scientific field and look at what science is predicting not just about the future of global warming but other axis/boundaries that could cause our planet to stop being able to support life. population growth, food production, deforestation etc. I want to explore and highlight emerging technologies/practices that are helping reverse the effects we are having on the planet and hopefully prolonging the time we have for our planet to support us. Finally, I wanted to look at if we can’t save life on our planet, what is being done to save humanity.
Below are a list of my main sources
Chakrabarty, Dipesh. ‘The Anthropocene and the Convergence of Histories’ in The Anthropocene and the Global Environmental Crisis, eds. Hamilton, Gemenne and Bonneuil. Routledge, 2015, pp. 44-56.
The main topics from the weekly lectures that I drew from were future thinking, trajectories, the Anthropocene, forecasting and realism. I used these concepts to define my parameters and looked at humankinds effect on the earth.
I tried several times to engage with public audience weather through our views talking about the Anthropocene.
But even if others in classed watched the lectures they only liked my posts and not comment on it. So, these discussions were shut down. When doing my DA, I spend a lot of time doing poles on reddit communities linked to my topic mostly pt2 i was really hoping for a community curated list, but most were shut down by moderators or worse just treated as if I wanted them to do so homework for me. I also linked my DA to said reddits but they all got taken down by moderators for not being first hand sources or other reasons more ridiculous.
As for the feed back from my peers, the first comment talked a lot about a production cycle. I took this to heart and had a pretty well-defined production line in week 4-5 but due to covid and work stress my timeline keep getting pushed back. Originally, I had a audio commentary for part 1 and 3 views that I had in each post but when I went to edit the audio for part 1 Netflix’s doco I found it had way too much blank audio I only had like 30mins of commentary for an hr plus viewing.
It is Definitely something I failed at and will look to revisit before updating and adding it. I think I needed more then dot points to talk about linked to lectures and an actual script or to do 10mins at a time or something.
The second comment on my pitch made me think my reddit idea was the right part. I’m never using reddit for anything like this again. Honestly my whole experience with the platform was terrible no sub reddit really wanted to discuss anything its more here is a link I found like me now, asking reddit communities to engage with you sucks.
My final comment gave me an idea for a viewing but I already had in my mine the viewing I wanted to use for pt3 before I started.
If I’m to evolve this DA I want to really add in those audio commentaries and maybe flesh pt. 2 out more instead of it being only about climate change make it also about preparations we can start making for the inevitable.
I approached the Future Cultures DA challenge in BCM325 by iterating Lovers of Live content to focus on the next 5 years of the future of live music. To do this in a way that aligned with my existing, engaging audience, I chose to focus on specific artists like BTS, Harry Styles and ABBA to explore the ways in which the future of live music encompasses the Anthropocene, Wendell Bell’s futurology, paradigm shifts in media and technological innovations.