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Growing: The Spread of Vine Culture


Vines are everywhere. No, not the plant. The six seconds of video that have taken social media by storm. Whether you are on Twitter, Instagram, or any other website, the popular six-second videos have branched out from the colorful video-sharing app.

Social media, in general, is becoming a tool for people to become rich and famous. People like Nash Grier, who is the #1 Viner on the app, gets paid by advertisers upwards of $100,000 to feature their products in the vines. There is even a national tour, DigiTour, where many popular Viners are headlining.

But it isn’t only the career Viners that garner attention. There are many famous vines that were never intended to become so iconic. A Vine that broke through during 2014 is famously known as the “twenniwan kid.” His vine featured an older man, rumored to be his brother, telling him he is stupid. He then proceeds to ask the little boy what nine plus ten was. The boy answered “twenty one.” When said Vine had gone viral, the boy, who remains unknown to the public, was bullied to the point where he ran away from home.  The only clue he left was “twenty one.”

Don’t get your heart set on becoming these internet stars. Vine is not all good. There are serious allegations against certain Viners. For example, Curtis Lepore, a Viner with 7.2 million followers, is an alleged rapist, raping his then girlfriend while she was drunk. He is pleading not guilty.

 

What are your opinions on Vine? Use the hashtag #pelladiumonvine to tell us.

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