Due March 31 – article review

Read the following article about TikTok

As a comment to this post answer the following:

  1. Based on the article do you think the following statement is a good thing or a bad thing and why?
    Cite the article at least three times in your answer.
  2. Why or why not is TikTok a good performance media platform?
    Cite at least three articles in addition to this one.

2 Comments on “Due March 31 – article review

  1. TikTok gives a chance to everyone to become a success by providing a platform for their content. The content on TikTok is primarily video content, little known artists, comedians or content creators in general can get worldwide acclaim for their content based on how much acclaim the content received from viewers and other TikTok users. ‘Stupid’ by Ashnikko is an example of a video that became a success due to the platform (Thurrott, 2019).
    One of the bad sides of TikTok is cyberbullying. People with disabilities and content with people with disabilities or about people with disabilities are easily targeted by cyberbullies(Anderson, 2020). This creates a huge problem for TikTok because as much as the platform is meant to promote content, it easily becomes a weapon against the vulnerable in society.
    The handling of Politically and religiously sensitive content is also one of the dark sides of TikTok (Webb & Webb, 2020). Over the years, people have been known to post jihadist videos on Tiktok, cryptic videos and even videos to encourage oppression about nations with political instability (Mackenzie & Nichols, 2020). TikTok has found it hard to manage these situations. The video by Feroza Aziz is an example of how TikTok handles the situation as her account was only suspended shortly before it was reinstated.


    References
    Anderson, K. E. (2020). Getting acquainted with social networks and apps: it is time to talk about TikTok. Library Hi Tech News, ahead-of-print(ahead-of-print). doi: 10.1108/lhtn-01-2020-0001
    Mackenzie, S. A., & Nichols, D. (2020). Finding ‘Places to Be Bad’ in Social Media: The Case of TikTok. Urban Australia and Post-Punk, 285–298. doi: 10.1007/978-981-32-9702-9_22
    Thurrott, S. (2019, October 21). What is TikTok? And is it safe? A guide for clueless parents. Retrieved from https://www.nbcnews.com/better/lifestyle/what-tiktok-guide-clueless-parents-ncna1066466
    Webb, A., & Webb, A. (2020, January 20). The Dark Side of TikTok Has Emerged in the Algorithm. Retrieved from https://studybreaks.com/tvfilm/dark-side-of-tiktok/

  2. 1. Based on the article do you think the following statement is a good thing or a bad thing and why?
    Cite the article at least three times in your answer.
    I think the author is just placing a warning to the users of TikTok or those who want to know what TikTok is about. We already know that Facebook already does a lot of the things that TikTok is accused of because “of the China Internet Security Law, ByteDance is legally unable to refuse to share its data with the Chinese government.” Unlike twitter who kinda has a more secure way to protect what people tweet and located in the US, they have more freedom to protect users. Even in the article, it does mention how TikTok got its fame in the first place saying, “TikTok broadened the scope of its content to match that of Vine’s, promoting displays of comedy, talent and the infamous dramatic lip-syncing of songs.” In addition, this fame also has to do with the wide range of availability of the app “Now available in 150 markets and in 75 languages, the app has collected over 1.5 billion users globally — that’s billion with a “B.” ‘ Even with such a big thing it tends to have its own problems. Hence the warning that the author puts out there for new users.

    2. Why or why not is TikTok a good performance media platform?
    Cite at least three articles in addition to this one.
    If the goal of the performance media is aimed at teens to young adults, then it would seem to be a very good platform to engage with the audience. The article citing that ” In fact, 60% of TikTok’s active U.S. users are between 16 and 24. ” Keeping in mind the main audience that we aim for is a good way to make sure what we use as a platform. However, if our audience is to help those with disabilities then it won’t be a good place to be as ” People with
    disabilities are among the most underrepresented groups in media and decreasing their social media presence only exacerbates the problem of people underestimating how prevalent disabilities and marginalized identities truly are. ” Also with the part of data protection, one has to be aware that ” Even though TikTok is banned in China, its creator company ByteDance is based in Beijing and so falls prey to the country’s strict censorship laws.” Which goes back to the previous quote that mentioned how they still have to give data to China even if they do not want it in the first place.

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