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My thoughts on the videos #edcmooc

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Here are some first thoughts on the videos:

Bendito machine

First thought… Moses coming down the mountain with the commandments while people perform rituals. Then people worshiping the next big thing in technology and replacing it with the old one.

I also felt that the characters/people in the video just worshiped it blindly without quite understanding it? Going with the masses kind of thing.

The best part was people casting aside the person who got them the technology only later to worship it. Is it a parallel to showing disdain with any new invention and then being a slave to it?

Definitely dystopian.

Inbox

I loved this short movie. I think it was a utopian outlook. The protagonists are shy and lonely. Then they discover the magic bag. In the offline/normal world they would not venture out or be as free and open. The magic bag (the metaphor for technology) enables them to be themselves and connect (pun unintended) with each other. However, this technology has just connected them with each other. The need for human contact is still as alive as ever and hence they decide to meet.

The boy’s bag get torn while he is swooning and he is not able to contact the girl anymore. I believe this represents the drawbacks of technology it made me think of disconnected internet. That’s all.

The anonymity of it all makes them bold and be their own self which they might not otherwise have had the opportunity to be. This video I believe represents technology as the enabling force or medium through which individuals connect with each other.

Thursday

Dystopian view. However nature still has some kind of intrinsic or inherent power to affect us – the rut in which humans are stuck and the bird that cuts off the wire to build its nest. The nest is interesting. It’s built in a satellite dish as there’s no more natural habitat for the bird. It’s destroyed because of our technological advancement. The nest is made up from such ‘wires’. Shows the two drastic ends of the spectrum. The humans have created a world within and of technology and this has become their new world (the man glares as the sun comes up and finds it irritating) whereas the bird is using these wires to build its nest its natural surrounding.

During the power cut, people unplug, connect with each other. However a man there just keeps hitting his keyboard even though that is not going to make it work again. Shows our frustration at being disconnected with technology?

Another woman messages the protagonist and they get together. They get into the lift and go to see the ‘Amazing views’ where they get to see the overview of their mundane lives – a digital matrix of sorts. They have their back to the twinkling stars and are instead looking engrossed at the matrix. At the same time it’s interesting to see the bird soaring to such great heights to test and reach its physical capacity. Again, two extreme ends.

Humans stuck in their digital world however nature still holds the intrinsic or inherent power to affect/disrupt us.

New Media

Too grim a representation of our society crumbling under the weight of technology. First thought: digital brain drain, rewiring or restructuring of the brain. An extremist version of human race crumbling under the weight of technology. It reminded me of the movie Eagle Eye in which destroying the technology is essential for human survival.

What do you all think of these?

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9 thoughts on “My thoughts on the videos #edcmooc

  1. Hi Maddie,
    I enjoyed reading your analysis of “Inbox” because I too agree that the red gift bags are the catalyst for their connection. I also think that the gift bag had to tear to force the young man to build his confidence and woo her in person. I have not yet seen the others so I will revisit your blog tomorrow to see how our thoughts compare or contrast. 🙂

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  3. Hi Maddie, I found both utopian and dystopian ideas in Inbox, although I see you and Ary have similar takes on it. I tried to look at the theme of “looking at the past” and seeing how the carrybag and postit notes might have represented an older form of technology in mediated communication, That was the only way I could make sense of the laptop being there as well.

    I would be interested to hear your views on whether there are different cultural ideas being expressed here, for example, the girl rolls her eyes at the men in the shop who “check her out”. It seems they all do it, so is the carrybag idea a way to put distance between yourself and men who do this? The male protagonist also does this to the other unaccompanied woman in the shop, yet when we see him in the carrybag scenario, he seems more polite.

    • I interpret the ‘rolling of eyes’ in a different manner. The man looking at the girl when she is checking the teddy bears – I think he is checking her out and she rolls her eyes to stop his advances. At the counter I think that man smirks at her for making such a childish purchase. As for the carry bag I think she just finds it attractive and buys it on a whim. The overbearing sound of the receipt printing is just to show that she is trying to buy love and maybe comfort in the form of the teddy bear and the cute bag.

      As for the cultural aspect, I read through forums, blogs and comments and saw that everyone thought that in the end even when they meet they are uncomfortable to talk and still use a couple of post it notes and they both are awkward. I think that is specific to the Indian culture where even though the boy and girl like/love each other there is hardly any physical display of that affection, especially not in public. 🙂

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