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TikTok Is a Symptom of a Larger Problem

March 17, 2023 at 10:30 PM
Category: Internet

I hate TikTok. It's one of the worst platforms to come to the internet in recent years. In its short, yet unrelenting growth spurt, it's rapidly degraded the well-being of countless telephone users, and has inspired numerous acts of robbery and stupidity. Like other platforms before it, TikTok has damaged the youth to an alarming degree.

So it comes as a shock to me that even after all this time, people are still talking about the prospect of it being banned. The U.S. government seems itching to go through with it, while domestic news outlets are sitting there relaying the grave concerns of broken spirits about how TikTok has become such an integral part of American culture or something. One user was so damaged that she blatantly said "I'm 18, let me share my information with China if I want to, I literally could care less".

On one side, yes, I want to see to it that TikTok is wiped out of my country. But have you noticed the rhetoric that's passed around in the news? Nowhere does the news mention the innate flaws of TikTok as a social media platform like any other. It's nothing but China this, China that, because the two countries have a beef with each other. What's going on in the minds of the politicians here? I wonder...

The Domestic Threats

Sure, it's a bad idea to be handing personal data over to another government that tries to tightly control its people and routinely commits human rights violations... but how is it any different to be handing the same data over to an American corporation? The psychological warfare waged by websites like Facebook and Twitter is what naturalized the idea that social media is all the internet should be in the first place.

What TikTok basically did was cash in on the exact same idea that a successful website is one that eats away as much valuable time as possible from users (which they call "ENGAGEMENT") and probes them up the ass to obtain personally identifiable information to sell to advertisers or whoever may be. This isn't a shocking revelation. To most of my people, the problem is that a Chinese company got in on it. (Is that also the real reason why Epic Games, owned by Tencent, got sued bigtime for milking parents' credit cards too much? Shit...)

Domestic companies like Google, Twitter, and Facebook no wait I mean Meta are just as much of a threat to Americans as TikTok is. Look at how much Twitter corrupted everyone. It basically allowed itself to become a largely unfiltered political site, thereby sinking people down the wrong path with shit-tier memes and anti-contextual "gotcha" writings concentrated in a single linear feed. And don't get me started on these "viral challenges"...

This kind of bullshit would not have had as much room to grow if communities were not gobbled up by all-encompassing platforms like Twitter and TikTok - in essence, if we were still using smaller forums and creating websites. While I am willing to get behind a ban of TikTok, if the U.S. government is to follow through with it, they better go after domestic platforms next. Unfortunately, I do not think we can count on them for such a task.

Striving for a better internet is ultimately going to start with you. Delete as many social media accounts as you can, and unlearn the propaganda that social media induced. Start finding other ways to share your works online. The internet is not simply a few big websites where everyone goes to litter their wasteful horseshit; it was not meant to be that way. It was designed to put control in your hands, not the other way around!

If you still think I'm not serious about this, I had just initiated the motion to get my Discord account deleted a few days ago. It should be gone in a couple of weeks, and I think I will have plenty more to say about that by then.


SiXeR - March 30, 2023 at 09:37 AM

I don't have anything against TikTok, but i can agree with u!... (srry for my english btw)

zetN (doing self-irony) - March 29, 2023 at 03:58 PM

Netz: iNormie. [copies another Kugee's random phrases]. :space_broom:

Netz - March 29, 2023 at 03:47 PM

reply to AxelCuty (and others) (part 3/3):

Let me imagine the future that Toastytech would never thought for:

Let's imagine the """smart"""-glasses that became an abomination of not just a phone market, but also the pc market as well. Those """smart"""-glasses became a mega-mantatory worldwide (that in some countries they were used a weapon for controling the entire population of the country). They include literally all information of a user (including passport, various IDs and other country-required bullshit). If i want to break it or even put them away from me, i would a death sentice for damaging a goverment property. This would be a such a disaster to live in that future.

P.S. Remember, "Smart"-phones (or even any other thing with "smart" on it) should be an auxiliary devices, not a mantatory devices (, Apple that lost a meaning of "i" in the names of their """products""").


Netz - March 29, 2023 at 03:09 PM

reply to AxelCuty (part 2/3):

Like the TikTok in worldwide, "VK Clips" in Russia get promoted literally everywhere. On buildboards, inside the metropolitian stations and trains (if i talking about the Moscow and Saint Petersburg), on TV and other places, and even inside VK's app (that i don't want to update it and even use it).

Speaking of "national replacements", Rutube is the next that came to my mind. Same massive promotion that came too far, i really hate that day that on one of TV channel they introduced a "Day-time super-takeover-show Rutube" (my translation btw). 1 hour (including ads) of soulless "bloggers" and sugary mess with (yet another) agressive promotion.

That's a reason why the Russian (earlier) millenials and (nowadays) zoomers are (still) stay in touch with the internet, instead of watching TV (or like Toastytech said "OAT TV") since it's already dead in Russia (like the cable TV).

Netz - March 29, 2023 at 02:47 PM

reply for AxelCuty (part 1/3):
I didn't get in touch with TikTok since 2022 (thanks to the santcions lol), even tho i wasn't initially interested in TikTok since it's """launch""" (but actually it's a burning rebranding of musical.ly). Back then i just used YouTube (sorry), Miitomo (Ninten... i mean one of japanese gaming corporaton's abomination) and fewer sites (like Russian VK, which also became an abomination and made it's own TikTok bootleg called "ВК Клипы" (aka VK Clips)).

In a nutshell, "Clips" is just like TikTok, but it can be much worse abomination than other "TikTok-Klones" (like Shorts (i also hate it), Reels (by the company that considered to be an extremist lol and i won't name it because in which country i live), Kwai (dead abomination), Likee (i didn't if is still here) and others).

Kugee (real) - March 26, 2023 at 07:13 AM

hayafumi: Maybe it's because that's all you want to pay attention to; if you weren't trying to argue in bad faith like you have over the last year, you'd see we do quite a bit more than simply bring the problems of modern technology to light. You're not helping anyone by trying to downplay it all for the sake of earning some fake "positivity" points from your peers.

hayafumi - March 26, 2023 at 03:39 AM

Yall is too hyperfixated on tiktok anyways, yall always tryna find something to be mad at. all i see on this website is just hating on shit that probably wont effect you anyways

AxelCuty - March 23, 2023 at 07:55 PM

cybertruk: A QR Code tattoo just to enter a school? How is that useful at all? Every school i went to through my entire life atleast required a tag that hangs around your neck

Kugee (real) - March 23, 2023 at 01:06 AM

cybertruk: Can you cite a source proving that public schools are requiring QR code tattoos? I looked it up and haven't found any such indication that it's the case.

cybertruk - March 22, 2023 at 05:12 PM

I carry a hefty brick phone, which I intend to replace with an old flip phone for essential communications only. I deleted my Discord account long ago, any other social media I had is deleted or abandoned.

The ONLY platform I use which could be anywhere near social media is Steam. I use it on occasion for talking to small groups of friends and otherwise online play, all my other games I have on a physical media of some kind or I torrent them.

If you thought smartphones are bad, how about this:
In many big cities across the U.S and likely various other countries, to attend a public school you MUST get an invisible QR-code tattoo with an identification number.

No, I am not shitting you.

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