Having traveled this past week for TUTV to cover the Men’s basketball game it gave me a chance to do a unique report on mobility as well as culture. One of these places that I had to the chance to really sit down and observe the differences within age ranges and culture is at Margaretville in Nashville, Tennessee. Although the space is really big, we sat where the live performance was happening which was in the small bar area. With only six tables at the most the two performers had a great time interacting with the audience and taking requests.
One-way of advertisement I noticed off the back was behind the performers were televisions playing videos of different songs, there were paper signs hanging in the window, along with neon signs. There wasn’t much social media advertising, which kind of shocked me a little bit because of the singing duo didn’t really advertise themselves, still to today I have no idea who I listened to except knowing they did a great job covering songs.
Knowing that along with myself there were four others from the north was a great because I knew how they would behave, looked at their phones a lot even if we were sitting together around the table. As a society we have become accustomed to that. It was interesting seeing a girl with your family celebrating her 15th birthday and all four of them were listening and watching the band intently. But the best part was how the different groups were interacting with one another, the one group I was apart of (5 guys) like I stated earlier were sitting around a table with our phones out for most the night. As the night got later and the crowd started to dwindle one of the members of Marcus and Brian (found them through Facebook) came over to our table to join our iPhone party.
That obviously wasn’t the only place I was able to observe people and the way they interact with one another, the night before we were in Memphis to cover Temple University Men Basketball team’s lost to UCF in the first round of the American Athletic Conference. Once again it gave me n opportunity to observe how a large crowd would interact with in various social settings. One way of communicating was face to face as group of individuals were sitting next to one another taking in the game. From press row I could hear a few individuals talking about what they are doing this week, more often than anything related to the game. Towards the end of the second half, one fan was making it known that she was there paying attention and following the game as she got into it.
But there was another type of way we were communicating and it was through two forms, a hashtags and a twitter account. Any type of athletic game we go and cover our reporters have access to the account to let people know what is going on and for a lot of students, the week after spring break they couldn’t make the trip down to Memphis so tried to help them feel like they were there. Not only did we have a few hashtags going for people to follow on the shows account. The league had it’s own hashtag for people to use so that as an entire fandom could interact under that one hashtag, #AmericanRising. On our own personal account we created one so that our friends that stayed at home and didn’t get the opportunity to cover the game could feel like they were right there with us.
The use of hashtags is incredible when you think about it and use it in the right setting of course, for instance if you look at #TURoadTrip on twitter you will see all of us cueing others what is happening on the trip. One moment in particular really highlights the pothole epidemic going on because of the weather and how we swerved to miss one and we ended up swerving into another pothole.
Besides coming up with an app to avoid potholes, which would benefit everyone, the time I spent within these venues still give me an idea of a social justice app that could benefit the venues. You would think it would be an app like conversation starters so that you wouldn’t have to sit around a table with others looking on their phones and talking to people who aren’t there, however thats not the case. The biggest opportunity for an app that I could see was helping the percent of population that is blind. My idea is using the camera on the phone as the eyes for the individual. Exactly how is this going to work? Well your going to need to just wait and see in the coming weeks as I post about it here on the blog.
Weber, Mark/. (March 12th, 2014) Memphis Photos. [Photograph] Retrieved from http://www.commercialappeal.com/photos/2014/mar/12/760805/
Marcus and Brian. In Facebook [Fan Page]. Retrieved March 16th, 2014 , from http://www.facebook.com/MarcusandBrian?filter=3