Tik Tok Teens Have Managers?

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.

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-53225720

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.

Writers Without Money

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.”

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/delhi/16-year-old-tiktok-star-siya-kakkar-commits-suicide-in-delhi-104335

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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6 comments

  1. Yeah, the new thing should be “refugee camp work sites” where the absolutely bottom people compete for jobs paying lunch money.

  2. My photo is on WordPress and a few places, is my face “recognized” by someone, somewhere? Where does it hook up with my name and info? And what about the “editorial content” I added to the background, what does AI think I am?

    1. John Thurloe · · Reply

      Bawb, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service is surely on your case. As well as many other Lettered agencies. However, here is how you fix them. Be very busy. Send out tons of emails, snail letters, phone calls, internet comments. Their problem is they have read and analyze all this. And of course, much of your screed could be spoof. Or misleading.

      However well endowed they are they all have only so many personnel and so much funding. Burn them out. Feed them tons of craps. A zillion people doing that and soon they can’t make sense out of anything.

  3. John Thurloe · · Reply

    Nobody will much remember TikTok soon enough. But, there will be another, and then another. And none of this stuff matters, has throweight in the making of public affairs. It’s all just blather, cyber level vapour like Cancel Culture and the Woke dead. All their howling produces very little effect.

    What does weigh in is kinetic power. Not gum-flapping but people moving arms and legs. The BLM protests had their impact because instead of just bitching large numbers came together and made for a physical force. The virus panic lockdowns have their impact only because businesses are shut down. The actual disease end of things has little weight at all.

    The only things that matter are mass conduct. The rest is vapour.

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