Being the father of two “Tween” daughters, I am being consumed by my daughters’ interest in the movie “Twilight”. If you do not have daughters in this age range, then you should skip the next couple of paragraphs.
I went with my wife and a mini-van full of eager 6th grade girls to see this soon to be available via DVD movie.
The movie is a love story between a loner teen girl and her super hero vampire boyfriend. The sub-plot of their physical contact being lustful, forbidden and potentially lethal, is about as obvious as a sledge hammer. My daughter and her friends were of course, thrilled by this cinematic “masterpiece”.
And, just In case you didn’t get your fill from this first Twilight movie, there are three more books in the series by Stephanie Meyer.
The actor that gets the “tween” blood boiling is Robert Pattinson. He was Harry Potter’s rival, then friend, Cedric Diggory- right before he got killed in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”
Now for the tech and wireless angle:
One of the cultural tipping points in mobile and social networking that I like to observe is its use in movies and television. I am not referring to the over obvious product placement or the dedicated plot lines (i.e. “You’ve Got Mail”). What is really interesting to observe is its full integration into the life style of the actors.
For this latest movie outing:
This movie outing was negotiated, arranged, planned, and then re-arranged, all on facebook® between my daughter and her friends. They chatted for at least 3 hours to figure out what to do for this two hour movie. Once we picked them up, the cellphones were whipped out and the texting began.
Who, may you ask were they texting to?
The answer – each other.
Because they wanted to talk about things that Mom and Dad should not hear.
The largest facebook group (with over 110K members) on the Twilight book series is named:
“Because I read Twilight I have unrealistic expectations in Men”
It’s tough enough being a middle school or Jr High boy – now they are being compared to blood sucking killing machines from medieval times, and coming up second best!
In a movie like this, I try to amuse myself, and stay awake, by observing the technology that is being portrayed as “just everyday stuff” used by the actors , and then the technology that is an obvious product placement.
The only really obvious movie product placement was the Hollywood ubiquitous Apple Laptop.
Another necessary tech item in this movie was Google –
Where else would a teen girl go to figure out that her boyfriend was a Vampire?
The female lead only uses a mobile phone to communicate with her Mom. Her Dad has an emotional breakthrough with his daughter when she utters the memorable line “Dad, you mean you actually use text messaging?”
This scene was preceded by the Dad cleaning and loading his shotgun as he met his daughter’s boyfriend for the first time.
Now that’s Tech!