Lost in the Stars

It’s my first week back at Uni and I must confess, I’ve been thrown completely in the deep end. An emergency brain surgery last week has set me back a solid amount, but it was perhaps the live tweeting experience during the South Korean film State of Play (2013) that proved a greater challenge, as I entered a territory in which I’ve truly never subsisted before.

Growing up in a very emblematic White, rural, Australian family; the domain of Asian cinema could not be more foreign to me. Coupled with my true absence of knowledge about anything gaming related, the screening from last week was challenging to say the least. After four years in a digital media degree, this was certainly not my first experience with live tweeting, but it was the first time I did not actually participate in the online dialogue, instead watching along in perplexity from behind my screen. It also might have been the copious amounts of Endone that were still floating around my system post-surgery that could be to blame, but I’ll leave that up to interpretation.

Nevertheless, State of Play was an interesting and unique film. To say I enjoyed it would be a stretch, but I also believe this opinion is closely linked with my lack of exposure to the genre, and I look forward to expanding my participation, dialogue and discourse in the coming weeks. Live tweeting on the class hashtag has in the past been a highly effective method of complimenting the material with opinions and discussions, and I hope that this semester I can use the experience to my advantage in broadening my horizons.

Regardless of the content, I’m undeniably a fiend for a good doco, and this screening provided very enjoyable viewing. The use of camera techniques such as actuality and voiceover commentary made for very engaging material, which was surprising considering how little actually I understood about what was going on. Some later research conducted into Starcraft and its impact on this gaming culture revealed some very insightful cultural comprehension and association, and the true significance of this game was made apparent in the sheer pressure placed upon participants. One gamer recalled that “my Mum told me, before the game, not to come back home if I don’t make it”.

I enter this subject with mixed feelings of anticipation and eagerness. I know it will not come without its challenges, but I look forward to the new knowledge and material it will bring.

Published by susiealdermann

Fifth Year Bachelor of Communications and Media/ Bachelor of International Studies (Dean's Scholar) student

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