– mimicking the social media icons
In order to create my body of content, I needed to get my filming hat on! Here is my trusty camera assistant Jessica Scott. I used my Go Pro camera to film recognisable parts of Bournemouth that I was later going to layer with images of the same place taken from social media channels. The reasons for using the GoPro was because of ease of use… I had the handy head cam attachment, and also the top drawer HD quality. The camera itself is a sports camera, meaning it is used for capturing jerky and fast moving objects. It has an inbuilt steadier which takes out the shakiness I would have got with a handheld camera. Additionally from the very first vid (the news feature) I was not impressed with the handheld camera quality at all. So apart from a view funny looks, our afternoon of filming as successful! The merky weather and grey sky was perfect for really emphasising comparisons between online and offline life and how images now on SM are edited to look so much better.
Love this video, love how its believable that the guy really is walking through these different places like they are not thousands of miles apart.
There is an ongoing debate that social media is becoming more and more anti-social. With people glued to their smartphones and being contactable 24/7. People are so caught up in having a relationship with with their social media outlets, they are letting the real world bypass them.
These clips taken from Bruce Almighty (2003), directed by Tom Shadyc, distributed by Universal Pictures demonstrate feature Bruce, played by Jim Carey, struggling to cope with the amount of prayers he can hear. In the film, Bruce has been given the powers of being God, by the man himself, played by Morgan Freeman, which is why he can now hear peoples prayers within a 50 mile radius. Prayers are usually thoughts or private mutterings and meant for only god himself. This got me thinking, what if we could hear tweets, or posts or messages or emails. This is reflective of my tutor’s analogy of Twitter – that its just a bunch of people acting like seagulls standing on a rock and shouting and that the words don’t mean anything and they just end up getting blurred together for mass viewing but are not for communicative purposes.
(Clip taken from Finding Nemo (2003), directed by Andy Stanton, produced by Walt Disney Pictures)
…back to Bruce Almighty.
This clip demonstrates how social uncomfortable hearing the prayers is making Bruce. He cannot cope with the situation he is in and needs to take a break…this could be something we have all experienced where we have become to indulgent in our social media behaviour, particularly amongst procrastinating students who will often say “I am so bored of distracting myself on Facebook”.
This clip was perfect for demonstrating just how ridiculous the world would be if tweets or posts or whatever anyone shares online was actually a physical object in a physical space in an offline world. The sheer quantity is ridiculous. What I like about this however, is how it makes you question the importance of what people post… would people post online as much as they do if what they were posting was an actual object? For example, Bournemouth University, if they actually had a physical wall to represent a Facebook wall – how many people would actually write something on it for the rest of the study body to see? Again, this highlights how silly sharing online would actually seem to be if it were in the real world. For example, you would not walk down the street in the morning and shout to the nearest stranger “I HAD PORRIDGE THIS MORNING FOR BREAKFAST AND IT WAS FANTASTIC #readyfortheday “.
Going back to the idea of a joiner image building a physical picture of an environment whereby it was represented as how it was talked about online, instead of just the physical object that it is, is an exciting idea to be moving forward with.
Seeing something from all angles. There is a whole hidden story behind the world in which we see in front of us.
Inspired by the works of David Hockney, the interactive joiner image of an offline and online world could be interesting to explore. I think the strong image shown by still joiner images really gets across how looking at the same object but from lots of different angles gives a totally different impression of such object. This offers further understanding as to what is meant when I discuss how people respond and react differently to what other individuals post online, i.e. preconceived ideas about traditional online protocols. For example, the selfie – people who take selfies are commonly described as vain or attention seeking but in reality they are not like that at all.
Some joiner image examples: