BCM320 Gojira and Livetweeting

This week in class I experienced my first time live tweeting, while I consider myself somewhat of an experienced user of social media while working on my own personal endeavours in both YouTube and business I think I’ve got some insight on the kind of quirky intelligent post that draws interest.

While I’m of the opinion that meme culture is a necessary evil within the space of live tweeting it felt from that experience that the idea of using a meme for live tweeting was oversaturating the space and instead of participating in an intelligent discussion about the film much of the live tweeting content was simple or dated memes or pop culture references which are relatively relatable to Godzilla. While I also participated in this format of ‘meme tweeting’ I felt like the medium of twitter doesn’t exactly allow for intelligent posts to even be created entertainment driven notion of twitter as a platform.

That being said, I think that the opportunity to gather many viewers of the same film at once, and have them all attempt to craft creative tweets in quick succession was quite intriguing.
Unlike if the group of people in class were watching together and stating what they were thinking or any joke they had come up with, the live tweeting format allowed for people to state their ideas together in a cluster without intruding or speaking over one another.

If there was another issue I could describe with the activity of live tweeting it would be if you came up with an interesting joke, or idea or point to make a particular scene in the film you would need to type extremely quickly or people wouldn’t understand what you are talking about.
There was a few times in my personal experience where I felt that my point wasn’t noticed by others from my tweet because the moment in the film I was commenting on had passed.

As for my opinion of the film, I have relatively deep background as a consumer of Japanese entertainment from the music industry, live action and animation (Anime).
With this as part of my background the film viewing experience was quite familiar as I didn’t feel hindered by having to watch with subtitles. It could also be said that by having some understanding of the Japanese language a lot of Japanese I felt very comfortable being able to generally translate sentences and phrases without reading the subtitles.

It’s interesting within the film industry to view this film not just from a locally Asia region but also internationally as Godzilla is the longest running film franchise out there with 33 films.
I felt that despite being black and white the film didn’t seem to be hindered in attempting to create fear of the huge kaiju gojira.

The film itself, while obviously being reminiscent of films like king kong reminded me far more of jaws, this because within the films actual story telling there was focus on the way the monster’s appearance was affecting families and people as appose to how powerful the monster was. Jaws similarly from my memory had huge people panicking in large groups about how they could possibly solve the issue.

-Blake Foggo

2 thoughts on “BCM320 Gojira and Livetweeting

  1. Hey man, really love your thoughts on live tweeting! This is the second subject I’ve live tweeted for so I’ve got a bit of experience, but I totally agree with a lot you are saying. Particularly having to be very quick with tweeting in order to comment on the moment, its definitely a skill and I’ve found in the past that sometimes having some drafted tweets is actually a lifesaver! Other times you just need to be short and sweet and just tweet without adding memes or gifs or further references! Its definitely and interesting and trickier platform of interaction but I’ve had a lot of fun with it and am keen for some more!!!


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