Meeting Tuesday 5 March

In this meeting we discussed with Angel the research that we have done over the past weeks. This included a close reading of the documentary most notable, or ‘memeable’ scenes. We also began to introduce the theory that we have been examining, which are Baudrillard and Mchluans thoughts on ‘hyper-reality’ and ‘the medium is the massage’ respectively.

Angel asked how we would be reconciling these two theories, believing that its worth considering it may be too complicated having both or at least make sure they work efficiently together. We more or less concluded that Baudrillard’s writing demonstrates the root of the problem we are trying to deal with, whereas Mchluan explains why we are examining the documentary specifically.

We also approached the question of why we are examining this and what we are trying to say with our study. We decided we wanted to tackle how social media was desensitising people, socially and politically, to genuine problems. There is a separation between representation of a crisis and the human reaction to it.

This led on to a discussion on our research question, which needs to be clarified in a further meeting to give our study a focus. We know that it needs to encompass why we are looking at the documentary and what we think it says about the way the world currently works or is changing.

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