The app “Tik Tok” is one of the most downloaded apps since 2019. So much so that it has even found its way to our classroom. That’s right, this post is all about Tik Tok! For those of you who don’t know, Tik Tok is a video sharing platform where user can view, like and follow other users. This platform is usually used for comedy and entertainment purposes and many celebrities have also joined in on this unique experience.
Before we get too into what we actually had to do, let’s first talk about what we are learning. We are learning about memes and nationalism. More specifically we are learning about this to answer this question; How can we use current memes to comment on the significance and consequences of nationalism around the world?
In order to answer this question we did research on what a meme is and it was decided that a meme is a idea that spreads from one person to another. We were discussing about how a meme in a since, is similar to Darwin’s theory of evolution. The strong survive while the weak die off. This is dependant on the popularity of the meme, which is why most “strong” memes are the ones that go viral. The weaker memes die off hence the term “that meme is dead.” Memes also evolve and mutate. Since it is an idea it spreads and changes based on who isn’t goes to. One person might send out a meme that itself isn’t strong, however another person takes that same image and add different words or context to it. It then becomes stronger and is sent out into the world again. This is why our class decided that Tik Tok was a meme sharing platform. Most people use the same song or the same sound but they put their own spin on it which supports the idea that memes are similar to Darwin’s theory of evolution. One great example of this is dance trends, more specifically the git up. You can see the original git up challenge here.
Now let’s look at a few examples of how people have personalized this trend;
Finally you can see some of the videos that I made using this app. The person who made these videos with me is Julia who knows way more about this app then I do. I was not too big on this idea at first but I ended up having a lot of fun especially with the #Canada check trend.