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Week 1 FILM 80S Notes

by: Shanee Dinay

Week 1 FILM 80S Notes FILM 80S

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Introduction week to FILM 80S Digital Dystopias taught at UC Santa Cruz. Week 1 notes include introduction to the class, notes about the film A Space Odyssey, and notes about Digital Dystopias (cyb...
Digital Dystopias
Christina Waters
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Film 80S, Flim, Digital Dystopias, A Space Odyssey




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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Shanee Dinay on Sunday March 13, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to FILM 80S at University of California - Santa Cruz taught by Christina Waters in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 19 views. For similar materials see Digital Dystopias in Film at University of California - Santa Cruz.


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Date Created: 03/13/16
Day 1 ­ 3/29/2016  FILM 80S    No Laptops or Cellphones  Easiest Film Class :)  3 TAs ­ assigned a TA based on last name (see syllabus)  Email TA for problems  Ecommons ­ check twice a day  Materials  Papers & Pens  HW iClicker by Thursday 3/31/3016  Midterms  Tuesday April 19, 2016  Tuesday May 10, 2016  FILM Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odessey  Ship is run by a computer named HAL  Man works with computer  Computer controls entire spaceship ­ sixth man in the crew  Computer made an error? Or Human made an error?  Computer goes against his crew    Day 2 ­ 3/31/2016  FILM 80S    Check FILM 80S eCommons every day for QUIZZES  lectures on eCommons  FILM ­ continued A​  Space Odyssey  ­ HAL is terminated, first film of a computer being terminated  ­ sound: SPACE → empty, pod ­> technology breathing, humans → humans working  ­ how do we know when HAL is watching → fish eye lens, all the time with Red Eye  ­ electronic eye is watching ALWAYS  ­ film slowed down: uncomfortable, impatient b/c we are in space, far from Earth  ­ silent Murder of Frank Pool → Icarus?  ­ HAL → conscious being, “I can feel it”, he is afraid  Technology is something we have to deal with  life support systems → placed in ‘coffins’    Digital Dystopias ­ FILM 80S Cyberspace ­ Final Frontier?  Virtual reality as a MIRROR image of ordinary reality  About this Class  ­ interaction between technology and human culture  ­ conflict between digital technology and human culture  Cyberspace = Internet  ­ cyberspace: place where communication is networked  Digital Identity   Cyberspace ­ non physical world  Two Worlds:  1. Reality of material objects and natural process  2. Virtual, non­material copy  Earth as a flawed copy of Heaven  Everything on Earth corresponds to something above  Technology ­ erasing the difference between two worlds  human/android  Robot ­ artificial creation often designed in humanoid form  first used to denote a fictional humanoid  drones, cyborgs  A.I. ­ artificial intelligence, simulate human intellectual and emotional abilities  humans have consciousness and self­awareness  Asimov’s Law of Robotics (three laws of robotics)  1) robot may not kill a human  2) robot must obey human order  3) robot protect its own existence w/o harming other two laws  Blade Runner as neo nior  post WWII → male: losers and females: strong, evil, trouble  Depression Years  Film Noir ­ “dark film” inverted by Fitz Lang  Descartes → how do we know we exist, we are thinking  REMIND → eCommons TODAY   


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