Movie Night

November 5, 2012

Every Saturday night, Twitter user Kevin Carr hosts The Late Night Live Tweet where Twitter users watch a movie in their own homes — at the exact same time as everyone else — and tweet about/laugh at the movie together. Think of it like watching a movie with a group of friends where it’s with beers and for fun (“shushing” forbidden) — only on the Internet.

As an example, a couple of Saturdays ago the movie was The Burning, which is a cheesy 80s throwaway slasher. Being a horrible movie, it features plenty of things to mock and laugh at, which is exactly what us live tweeters on Twitter did. Unfortunately mocking a movie by yourself doesn’t tend to be great, but being able to with a nice selection of movie geeks for 90 minutes is fun, regardless of individuals’ locations.

It might be a bit of a foreign concept to people who think that interpersonal relationships can’t extend beyond a physical bubble, but they’re just plain wrong. This whole “live tweet” thing proves it; multiple people in multiple locations enjoying the same movie at the same time discussing it with each other with everyone having a blast.

It’s actually an interesting idea, that actions can transcend from physical to digital, and vice versa. Tron fracking predicted it in its own way! Be it playing video games with a group or watching movies with some pals, people have found ways to create digital lives, at least partially; I find that fascinating. And I’m reminded of how fascinating it is every Saturday night that I’m not sick or busy.

What’s more fascinating, however, is thinking of how things will advance; will we ever be able to upload our minds and exist in a virtual world? That would be fun. I would totally dig “living” in a Nintendo-created Pokemon world, as a crazy, far out and maybe forever impossible example.

But in 2012, I’m perfectly happy with a movie night on Twitter.

(On the subject of movies, look forward to a movie review tomorrow.)

As an aside, I cannot believe that I still can’t figure out how to use — and ; properly. You’d think after years of college and writing that I’d have impeccable grammar. I’m going to work on that this weekend.

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