After mulling over what my first project would be, and thinking about my learning objectives and outcomes, I found that my current framing of my thesis wasn’t exactly what I was wanting to explore. I touched on human nature with misinformation, but we already know why people fall for marketing ploys and other ‘manipulations’.
I revisited my interest in ‘the future of genetic engineering’ and realised that what I wanted to question is that was also not properly articulated. I didn’t want to test if the speculative scenarios I create could be real. I have no way of testing that. What I wanted to do was test people’s responses, be they emotional or [verbal?] to the fictions I create. Also, I want my explorations to have a basis in our present reality. An example of a precedent for this is Black Mirror. The episodes may be set in the future, but they have a strong impact because of their reliability since the theme for episodes is grounded in the current world, for example, rating people.
My project ideas for the topic of ‘manipulation’ also show tendencies towards the ‘future’. Are we heading towards a future where people will no longer know how to communicate directly with a human because society has been manipulated into believing it needs an app for that (Happn).
So, here is another attempt. I am now approaching my topic word/sentence/paragraph as something that will definitely change seeing as it has done so 3 times in the past 3 days.
Progressing issues about human interaction today as hypothetical situations in the near future to comment on them and spark insightful conversations.
The average consumer doesn’t think much about the products and technologies that are researched and developed for them. They only start becoming aware once they have become a common part of life. Yet so many of these products have shaped the way humans live and interact with each other and their environment, case in point, social media. It makes contacting people easier but has impacted our ability to communicate with those around us. I want to comment on relevant situations of today by progressing them as hypothetical situations set in the near future. Humans are fighting against issues like racism and sexism today, could ‘geneism’ become the next dividing factor between society, especially if race were to disappear? What if direct contact with another human being is rendered completely unnecessary—perhaps a waste of time? Testing these scenarios and peoples’ responses to them should spark valuable conversations about the decisions and stands we take in our present time.