As an urban anthropologist I’d like to get students to use the social media tool VINE in my courses to Provoke Deep Thoughts about urban change. I am inspired by what Vine claims on its web site (vine.co/):
“Vine is the best way to see and share life in motion.”
If this is even remotely true (and not simply a vehicle for teens to make selfies doing goofy things—not that there’s anything wrong with that!), then doesn’t “life in motion” = urban change??
I will bring some Vines about Phoenix to show you what I mean–and I hope you all can bring some Vines too.
Here’s a sample (run it more than once to get the loop effect:
Questions to start off:
- How can Vines capture “life in motion” in our neighborhoods and cities?
- How can these micro-movies provoke viewers to think critically about our changing urban environments—and about what is at stake in those changes?
- How can Vines help to expand our “right to the city”?
Prep: open a Vine account (hopefully we can access our online accounts on the Big Screen)
Bring: a smart phone to try Vines-on-the-spot, sample Vines you made, IDEAS (for community advocacy, scholarly visualization, classroom pedagogy…)