Kuzuzangpo La! My name is Tenzin Wangdi, I am from Bhutan a small country in the himalaya and currently living in UK. I have enrolled on E-learning and Digital Cultures via MOOC. I will share this fascinating online learning experience here. Please visit again.
During the first week our topic was Utopias and Dystopias. We were asked to discuss and explore either utopian (creating highly desirable social, educational, or cultural effects) or dystopian (creating extremely negative effects for society, education or culture) by watching videos which has been provided.
The following are the videos to watch and comment on what we think of digital culture – utopian or dystopian:
This animated film tells the story of technological development in terms of ritual and worship – the characters in the film treat each new technology as god-like, appearing from the sky and causing the immediate substitution of the technology before it. What is this film suggesting are the ecological and social implications of an obsession or fixation on technology? Do the film’s characters have any choice in relation to their technologies? What are the characteristics of various technologies as portrayed in this film?
Inbox is a quirky representation of the ways in which web-based technology connects people, the limitations of those connections, and the nature of communication in a mediated world. Depending on how you interpret the relationship between the two main characters, and the ending, you might argue that this is a utopian account, or a dystopian one – what do you think, and why?
Thursday depicts a tension between a natural world and a technological world, with humans caught between the two. What message is the film presenting about technology? What losses and gains are described? Who or what has ‘agency’ in this film?
A very short, very grim representation of the effects of technology on humanity. There are definite visual echoes of ‘Bendito Machine III’ here – what similarities and differences can you identify between the two films?