Why I think Tik Tok is an app of revolution

Monday, January 25

By Weronika Ludzik

I think it is safe to say that everyone at some point had Tik Tok installed on their phones or other devices. 

Most adults think it's another stupid social media app which their children are addicted to. Many adults see it as a bad thing, but being a Tik Tok user myself I can argue that Tik Tok is an app of revolution. 

Now please don't get me wrong as I am aware that there are sides to Tik Tok that are toxic and bad, but we should remember that everything in life is a mixture of good and bad. Now that that's out of the way, let me prove my point. I live in Ireland which means I don't usually hear what is happing overseas in America and thanks to Tik Tok, I learned about the police brutality of black people and prior to this coming up on my Tik Tok I didn't know that police over in America kill innocent black people. It was unheard of for me. When I first learned about George Floyd death I was in awe; I never knew that people that are there to protect people could do such an awful job because of the person's skin colour. This raised awareness to most of the people that used Tik Tok and soon enough people took it to the streets to protest about police brutality. Even people overseas went out and protests in solidarity and against racism in their countries. I believe that without Tik Tok, it wouldn't have grabbed as much attention as it did. 

Staying on the topic of POC. Tik Tok taught me how to use my voice as a white person to boost the voices of people of colour; it taught me the difference between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation; taught me more about black history and how the education system has failed us yet again, I now know how to be a good ally to black people. 

Tik Tok also thought me the importance of putting pronouns in my bio and more about the LGBTQ+.  It opened my eyes as to how people in the LGBTQ+ community are being treated and all the obstacles they have to go through just to be treated as equal. I myself have many friends that are part of the LGBTQ+ so I always considered myself an ally but thanks to Tik Tok I know so much more.

Tik Tok is a place where Gen-Z comes together and fights for change: we postponed the drilling of oil in the Arctic, we used our voices to fight against inequality, shared petitions and we learned so much about other cultures. Tik Tok has so much potential and it's up to us what we make of it. 

And this is exactly why I believe Tik Tok is an app of revolution.             

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