I really doubt there’s much of a connection to this story but India has completely banned TikTok. Trump is considering doing the same. Not to promote any “conspiracy theories” but if you need proof that American social media is all about propaganda, political control and social manipulation this isn’t a bad place to start.
Either the American (and Indian) ruling class is projecting their own dark agenda onto China, or they simply don’t like the competition. Too bad I’m too old for TikTok. My contrarian impulses give me the urge to start making videos.
I wonder if this means American tech companies will decide to forgo the use of cheap Chinese labor and start making computers in Seattle and Austin again. Nah. That would be going a bit too far. Besides, there are cheaper places to make computers than China. Maybe I should start investing in Bangladeshi startups.
In addition to being unbelievably sad, there’s something quite revealing about the story of Siya Kakkar, a 16-year-old New Delhi girl who had over a million followers on the Chinese streaming media service. She not only committed suicide. She had a manager.
In the social media post, Viral wrote: “Arjun Sarin who just spoke to her last night for a song collaboration, and he says she was in a good mood and perfectly alright. Even he has no clue what went wrong that she had to go this way.”
I have no idea if Arjun Sarin is a big time entertainment executive or just a family friend, but it’s clear that Tik Tok, which has recently been declared the authentic voice of Generation Z, is also a marketing platform. Does a 16-year-old girl just become an overnight media sensation? Or is Tik Tok promoting children as viral stars…
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