Over the past few months Facebook has developed new features to get users more active. One of these features is the 360 videos, within this user are able to record video that allows the viewers to see what is fully around the user. Personally, I think the concept of this is very interesting. I have seen this used in multiple ways to showcase sports teams, historical landscapes, and has also been used as a news outlet to those who can’t physically be there to see whatever is being filmed. With where I have seen usage, these videos have been beneficial to those who produce them.
One video that I really enjoyed was when the UA Alum Facebook group did a 360 video of Mckale center during a basketball game. It featured the intro before the game starts when the lights are going off and the team is being introduced. It features the crowd cheering and includes the student section. Viewers are able to see the exciting atmosphere that UA’s basketball team brings to the school. Another example of the 360 videos that I enjoyed were the ones published by ABC News Tour of Times Square. The video shows New York City during the blizzard. This video received over 18.3 million views and got great feedback. Viewers were able to react and comment on the different parts of the video.
Facebook has taken this new application and made it easier than ever for user to have. Recently it was announced that a 360 app for Samsung Gear VR would be released. The Samsung device is a head set that allow you to attach your phone and play/ record video of your surroundings. I think this is strategic as it will allow Facebook to connect with more people and gain interest for the application. With the progress in making this application more assessable it has the potential to bring it many more new users.
For my final project, I want to focus on the Food Desert in South Tucson. In Tucson, portions of the city are in far distance from grocery stores and resources to get fresh produce have become increasingly difficult. These communities tend to have a lower income rate adding on to the issue of being in a food desert. This has become a larger issue over the past five years, “According to a recent U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS), the Tucson metro area ranks as the sixth-poorest Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in the nation with an overall poverty rate of 20.4%.” As this problem has become a bigger issue, the Tucson community has come together working to find solutions for families in these situations. My story is going to be about the effects on families who are living in this food desert, and the programs that benefit them. My goal is to talk to Daquin Tong. She is a professor at UA, and studies the Geography of Food. Tong has done many studies covering the topic of Arizona’s food deserts. She also teaches a variety of classes on the topic as well. I want to get in contact with different programs like, Market on the Move, the Seed Library and community gardens. The company Market on the Move, is run out of Phoenix and Tucson. With the donation of $10 people can get up to 60 pounds of fresh produce. Pima County also has a program called the Seed Library. The Seed Library allows for people to use seeds as create a garden at home. I want to be able to hear from the families, and how they got involved in using these programs. I would also like to hear the point of view of how these programs were started and how they’ve expanded in the Tucson communities over the years. I’m also hoping to find another professor at UA to speak with to get more than one perspective. I think this will be interesting because its not something many usually think about. Most of us are fortunate enough to not be put in situations like this, and hearing these stories can bring attention to this issue.