— nurseBOOM (@emilyBOOMBOOM) August 18, 2014
Over the past week, like many across the world, I watched the events unfolding in the U.S town of Ferguson, primarily by following the #Ferguson hashtag and following a number of journalists and others who were produced large numbers of up-to-the-moment Vines.
The importance of Vine in these vents cannot be overstated. Previously, Vine has very much been seen as an artistic platform in the eyes of the public – with most content designed to be highly elaborate despite the relative ease and immediacy of uploading. However in some ways I see Vine as finally having come into it’s own as a journalistic during these horrific events.
For the first time, 56% of the U.S. public now possess smartphones. Not only were there many people able to record and upload, there were many more able to
While there are a million ways to upload video to the internet, Vines are easily loaded and viewed in the Twitter timeline, and anyone with even the tiniest bit of mobile data can watch a six second clip. Indeed, for me, the starkness of a rough six second clip really ham
One persistent theme in much of the twitter coverage has been the unwillingness of many social media spectators to believe the tweeting journalists on the ground, notable reports such as Matt Pierce or Wesley Lowery were accused of exaggerating, twisting the facts or outright lying on an almost hourly basis. While the mantra of ‘the camera never lies’ is certainly not true, the stark short Vines coming out of Ferguson are undeniable proof of the ongoing events . It’s much harder to claim that people are lying when faced with the barrage of Vines showing similar images. This is a type of video reporting that has simply not been possible up until now, certainly not on the scale seen in Furgeson.