Just watched this quirky film as part of #EDCMOOC. It starts off slow but hang in there it gets better and the message will soon become clear. Our question ‘ is this a utopian account, or a dystopian one?’.
Remember the definition according to #EDCMOOC is “utopian (creating highly desirable social, educational, or cultural effects) or dystopian (creating extremely negative effects for society, education or culture)”.
The question is not so easily answered. Technology enables us to collaborate and communicate globally for little cost, online, real time so that to me is utopia. The dystopia aspect could be how easily we become dependent on technology so much so that we find it difficult to function if the technology is faulty or unavailable. We can feel disappointed, upset or even a little overwhelmed.
The good news is… this is a love story, so watch what happens…. will it work out in the end?
It is obvious in this short film this was a new way of communicating for them both. There seemed to be excitement and distrust all at the same time. It seemed they had no experiences to fall back on, they didn’t understand how this new way of communicating with each other actually worked. They learned through trial an error.
Failing to understand the advantages and limitations of a technology can also be a kind of dystopia in itself. Without this understanding its benefits or dangers are not clear and we can easily stumble along paths we don’t chose to go down. What are your thoughts?