CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN AND TIK TOK SENSATIONS

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Well, they say laughter is the best medicine! For reasons that are not bad, it can be healthy to laugh at ourselves and make others laugh or pass a picture or video which may put a smile on their face.

Many Filipinos in the different parts of the globe find ways to amuse themselves during these unprecedented lockdowns. While some nationalities make parodies of songs either to talk about washing hands and minding physical distance, many Filipinos use the Tik Tok App. Have you made a Tik Tk act and uploaded it, too? Well, if you did, you are in the company of many people, even superstars, from all over!

(Excerpt from The Guardian article by Coco Khan)
Andy Warhol predicted a time everyone would have 15 minutes of fame. He was nearly right – it is actually 15 seconds. That is the maximum duration of a video clip with music (non-music clips can last up to a minute) on TikTok, the video-sharing platform that has taken the world by storm. Favoured by under-25s, who make up its core audience, TikTok this year surpassed Facebook and WhatsApp as the world’s most downloaded non-gaming app.

TikTok’s content doesn’t take itself too seriously, and ranges from food to fashion, pranks to pets – as well as the ubiquitous dance challenges. It is a perfect fit, in other words, for the lockdown, when many of us are stuck inside and in desperate need of some silly fun. This may be why, even if you haven’t downloaded it, you suddenly find, clogging up your social media, clips of Justin Bieber dancing to I’m a Savage by Megan Thee Stallion, or Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez swapping outfits to Drake’s Flip the Switch. It seems everyone from doctors and nurses in PPE to bemused parents quarantined with teenagers are flocking to the app – and sometimes going viral in the process.

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