The Mooc has finally started!
Adrenalin has somehow diminished as we have been sharing our fears and anxieties with the whole group. People have really been very supportive and we have exchanged a lot of interesting ideas and experience.
Time to dedicate to the course, blog, prepare this week’s chat and work full time. Not much. Even so, I managed to watch the four movies and have a quick look at the first reading. As I come to think more about these issues and despite not being pessimistic I have the feeling that the view conveyed in most of them is really dystopic. Society depicted in Terminator, Blade Runner,I, Robot, A.I. and others is Technology dependant and controlled. There’s always an aura of chaos, negativity and somehow unhappy endings. Bendito Machine is such an example. Technology addiction and dependance with a sort of chaotic ending. Thursday draws the picture of a tech obssessed society as opposed to nature surviving in between. I found New Media quite a disturbing scenario of what future life may/ could be. Again disturbing.
Finally, I really enjoyed Inbox. It is real, tender and even romantic! It also shows our dependance on machines but on the other hand it offers a quite utopian view on what ‘they’ can do for us.
I have just been showing the students a film that could easily be included in this list. A.I. by Steven Spielberg. It elicits moral and ethical issues other than just providing us with a dystopian or utopian perspective.