I actually never even knew ya. I hate to admit it, but I struggle with the “too much free time” issues services and apps like Vine raise in me. (I don’t get message boards either — someone explain it!)
And since Vine excommunicated all content that could be considered even the slightest bit racy from the near get-go — please tell me y’all remember how Vine was used for sexy content in the first three seconds of its existence because no one thought to discriminate in their TOS… that was quickly changed though when “porn” was at the top of the app store — I didn’t much run into it through the course of my work.
And now, soon, allegedly, Vine will be gone. On October 27, the app’s imminent discontinue was announced. So RIP Vine, I guess…
…because of course a piracy-based tube site saw an opportunity, probably within six seconds of reading the Death of Vine announcement. According to Vocativ:
Mere hours after news broke that the Twitter-owned platform would shutter, [a piracy-based tube site’s VP] sent Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey a letter, in which he noted the similarities between the two companies and expressed interest in purchasing Vine. [The VP] appealed to the mogul’s financial stake in Twitter, and emphasized that [the piracy-based tube site] was interested in “saving Vine gems” like the famous “Damn, Daniel” video. The letter also made the company’s full intentions clear: “Upon purchasing Vine, we would restore it back to its NSFW glory.”
I mean, it makes sense right — because really, what is Vine, if not a GIF with sound? And as we all know, GIF porn is super popular these days.
Vocativ cited a 2+ years old quote I gave another publication — one I still agree with — in their piece:
As sociologist Chauntelle Tibbals [“recently”] told The Debrief, the rise of the GIF format in porn was inevitable, given that “the consumption of erotic content has always paralleled existing or developing patterns of media consumption.”
…and here’s something I wrote for Mic a while back re the piracy that occurs with Tumblr GIF porn: “There’s a Problem With Tumblr GIF Porn That We Don’t Talk About” (March 28, 2016)
I guess as long as the piracy-based tube site pays for Vine, versus stealing and uploading a version of it somehow, it’s cool that Vine may finally realize its full NSFW potential. But will Dorsey concede to sell his bunk product to something so unseemly as an erotic content provider? And will anyone ever point out the egregious structural inequalities that will *require* PornHub (yes, it’s PornHub) to pay for Vine, while simultaneously allowing them to steal from sex workers and porn producers, all while encouraging consumers to do the same?
So, is it an RIP Vine or an oh la la Vine that’s needed? Only time will tell.
(pictured: image via Vocativ)
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