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‘I’m bored of you’ and ‘I’m just not interested. Never was.’ After this interaction, Tim breaks down crying and we can see him reaching for a pill bottle. In the meantime, Brandy is racing her bike to Tim’s house, who herself needs support from her boyfriend, while she is unaware of the drama that is happening between Tim and her mother. Brandy arrives just in time, storming into Tim’s room, while he is lying unconscious on the floor. He is rushed to the hospital and after a critical night, Tim wa kes up. In the hospital’s corridor we can see Brandy’s mother in the background. She breaks down crying, seeing her daughter with her boyfriend in the ER. The next shot shows Patricia’s hand dismantling the GPS -tracker from the computer. Unfortunately, Bra ndy’s storyline between her and her daughter stops here. The spectator does not get the resolution of Patricia being somehow held responsible for her actions leading towards Tim’s suicide attempt. Patricia only learnt that her actions of tracking her daugh ter’s every move was unnecessary only when she sees at the hospital how much her daughter cares for her nearly dying
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74 boyfriend, not because she herself turned into a ‘troll’ and bullied her daughter’s boyfriend. The film ends with a voice-over of Emma Thom pson stressing the ‘follies of humankind’. Figure 11: Brandy's mom is in charge of her daughter s phone. Men, Women and Children . Dir. Jason Reitman. Per. Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Adam Sandler. Paramount, 2014. Film.
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75 Conclusion In 1999, Hayles argued that the relation between humans and intelligent machines does not need to succumb to a pessimistic or even apocalyptic worldview. The introduction of this thesis shows that this idea needs repeating now: social media is seen as an addiction, causes unsocial behavior and eventually the demise of civilization. Contrastingly, what the fictions in this thesis show is that characters spiral out of control and lose connection with their environment not because of communication that is mediated by a computer, but because this communication is taking place in a very restricted environment. This restriction comes about in two ways; the possibilities of interaction and the impact of surveillance. The social media platforms in Look at Me and The Circle are places where only very limited reactions of users are possible. If there is only one way to show a positive interest a message by reacting to it - than the only alternative possibility doing nothing is then considered as disinterest and lack of support. The default in these online surroundings is ‘doing something’, and ‘doing nothing’ then is considered a rejection. This is the binary logic of the social environment and there is little room for differentiation. In this sense then, every reaction needs to be taken as seriously as any other reaction, and with a potential global fan base, this can very quickly lead to an online network that is taking up all of your time. Contrastingly, the forum in Pattern Recognition
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