Tiktok Paranoia Benevolently detrimental 10/29/21 By Theo Sebastian
Analytics suggest that you the reader know or have heard of tiktok. Regardless tik tok is an app on multiple platforms that users create short videos on, what the videos contain are completely up to the creators and a very vague set of rules set by tiktok. The major rules being a set of “No’s” No “Extreme Violence” No “Hateful Behaviour” No “Graphic Content” No “Illegal activities'' No “Harassment/Bullying” the list goes on. Just because these community guidelines exist does not mean that they are followed, A recent tik tok trend was to steal out the most impressive item of a school and then post about it. The trend was known as devious licks and picked up a lot of traction from non-tik tok users because well it was obviously apparent in real life as well as social media: Toilets literally went missing. The devious licks trend began a traction that was not recently there. Many School Psas went out addressing devious licks, but the more interesting part was a second psa about a trend that nobody at all had heard of except apparently schools. Now I personally asked around 200 students (mostly entire classes at a time) about them having seen any sexual assault on tiktok whatsoever and i got 22 answers who said a general statement of “yes, I have, but in the form of a PSA.” In conclusion 0 out of about 200 students who are active in social media have see any form of sexual assault on tiktok which leads to an important question where did this sexual assault psa come from. The question isn’t why or should it have been a psa because it definitely should. Sexual assault is a problem in not only the Madison area, but the world. Regardless, where did this psa come from because it definitely wasn’t tiktok. With an educated guess it may have been simply preemptive paranoia which is all well and good, but that really says something about tiktok. TikTok is rewriting the way the world works. No longer are we reacting, but we are recognizing patterns (for once) and taking preemptive action. This is a new improvement to digital activism. Whether paranoia or not, results are being made and we should strive to continue this pattern of wide eyed vigilance. The fear that has been attached to social media for so long in the forms of: fear of missing out, fear of not fitting in, fear of not understanding have all compiled into a benevolent mass paranoia, a good paranoia more of a consciousness than a paranoia. A consciousness of social media has led to precautions to potentially harmful situations. Confidence in a system is all well and good, but fear of a system you don’t understand is apparently a more effective way of thinking. All in all, keep an open mind and realize that the world is changing and you don’t have to change with it, but it will certainly help you long term if you understand what's changing.