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Six seconds on the Vine

6 seconds isn’t long, in six seconds you can put your food into the microwave but not heat it, or turn the water on and shiver as you try to find the right temperature but don’t quite get it in time. Likely, not long ago, we once thought it was impossible to tell an entire story in six seconds. With the blossoming of the new site Vine, that’s quickly changing. The concept of Vine is you have six seconds to get your message/story through via video. It’s not much, but you’d be surprised what you –can- get into six seconds. This format has been particularly friendly towards humor, letting people get out the laughs fun and fast before they move on. Perhaps the strength of vine is that anything else we will give ten seconds of our time before we move on, but with a vine you will have seen the video one and a half times before that ten seconds is up.
Here are some particularly good examples of Vine humor:
As artists, sometimes confines can make our work take focus and become more for how we learn to make up for shortcomings. On the flipside, sometimes working in such boundaries means we stop learning to work outside of them. Do you think Vine’s six second rule is helpful or harmful to peoples creative growth?


  1. rpierce6 wrote:

    I love vines! Well, good ones, anyways. I think that the six second rule can be very beneficial, and I think it is more often helpful rather than harmful.

    The stress of a blank page can be overwhelming at the start of the creative process, and sometimes can cause us (or at least me) to shut down and walk away. When I have perimeters to work with, I feel like I can more easily come up with ideas to work with, even if they aren’t good at first. However, if you master the vine, or something else, then it would be a great idea to move on for a little while. Set yourself some new perimeters, and experiment! Doesn’t mean you can’t ever make another vine, but you should always be expanding 🙂

    Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm | Permalink
  2. Zoey wrote:

    I think Vines do more good than bad, actually. At first when you think about something so random as this to be a popular thing, you wonder what’s wrong with the world. That’s what happened with me anyway. But it wasn’t until I actually tried it out (collaboratively with my cousins)that I realized it’s pretty challenging, really. You have to get your message across in as little as 6 seconds. It’s really not as easy as it seems!

    The one we did compared American families and Desi families (people of Pakistani or Indian descent). The subject was telling your mom that you’re getting married. It was great fun. Us being Desi and living in the U.S. made this pretty easy in terms of whose doing what. The challenging part was to get it all in 6 seconds.

    Anyway, I digress. My point was that it takes a lot of planning and strategy to make a successful Vine! It helps people set boundaries in their creative processes. 🙂

    Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 10:27 pm | Permalink