Will Vine and video kill the snapshot?

 

Friday 23 August 2013 13:57
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Twitter users can now share looped video clips of six seconds' length using the comapny's standalone iPhone app, Vine
Twitter users can now share looped video clips of six seconds' length using the comapny's standalone iPhone app, Vine

Are we done with the snapshot? Following an Independent report on Vine last week (the 'six-second video app that is reinventing film') Slate's Farhad Manjoo believes so. The thesis runs like this: if we've got the technology to take video - and transmit it at high speed - then the need for actually-not-moving-at-all photography is pretty much null and void.

The rise of Vine, which overcame early stutters to claim 130 million smartphone downloads, raises questions about what exactly we are trying to capture when using phone cameras. Is it beauty - a nicely framed, well-lit picture - or truth - a six-second clip recording hundreds of different moments? Manjoo plumps for the latter.

When recording his 3-year-old son, he says, "I want to remember exactly what it felt like, what it sounded like...for authenticity- or, better authenticity, videos handily beat photos".

Manjoo's argument -  which he admits might sound "arrogant and overly general" - is backed up by some powerful Vine clips, all of which can be seen here.

Of course, the video sharing app offers more than strict 'click-and-record' to users, with many veering off into more surreal territory (see  man on a magic banana, below).

But what do you think - does video preserve a memory better? Will it overtake the humble photograph? Let us know in the comments below.

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