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Self-discovery over social networking makes TikTok a unique cultural phenomenon.


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Magazine B ISSUE No.87 TIKTOK


The challenge culture leads trends du jour through video creating and sharing

One cultural critic praises TikTok’s optimistic worldview

Get to know the user-friendly interface on which filming, sharing, and playing videos happens in a just a few taps

Key digital terms that offer insight into the rising mobile generation

TikTok’s head of product backs the platform as a super app

Creators unleash their creativity via shortform videos

Thirty-two words and expressions often used in the TikTok ecosystem

TikTok teaches some old dogs new tricks

The general manager of global business solutions in TikTok Korea talks about TikTok’s adaptability in the digital market

Legacy media giants search for new ways to stay afloat the mobile era with TikTok

A glance at TikTok’s revolutionary marketing solutions in the entertainment industry

The success story of an app that promotes self-discovery over social networking

TikTok forges new partnerships as a move to evolve into a business platform

Global Head of Marketing Nick Tran and Director of Creator Community Kudzi Chikumbu talk about the vision and future direction of TikTok

TikTok’s organizational culture and LA office interior design that reflect the brand’s mission “to inspire creativity and bring joy.”

TikTok employee creators talk about their work environment

Incredible numbers and attributes that set TikTok apart from other social media platforms

Books, videos, and more that break down the digital media ecosystem



TikTok,  the 87th issue of Magazine B: TikTok

If asked what improves quality of life, most people think of travel, good food, shopping, outdoor activities, or getting together with like-minded people. And we label the time we spend on these things as “quality time” too. During the past decade, the idea of worklife balance has emerged, and as more people have become accustomed to exposing their lives in part— or, for some, in whole—on social media, many have started to think that they should spend their personal time more productively. But I would argue that there is something just as essential as productive quality time that often gets overlooked: boring, idle moments that have no particular input or output. I personally believe that these moments contribute significantly to a person’s happiness or level of life satisfaction. After all, a few morsels of these moments are what make up an “average life.”

The history of unproductivity might be as old as human evolution itself, but mass media has long portrayed such activities as a sign of incompetence. Even new media platforms do not tolerate the idea of being unproductive. Pushed out of the frame by the overbearing presence of information, insight, self-aggrandization, or controversy, these banal life moments are thought of as something left behind in childhood. Without this issue’s brand focus—TikTok— we would probably never have realized the value of these moments. (OK, that might be a bit of an exaggeration.)

TikTok is a social media platform used to make short form videos. Sparking enthusiastic responses first in the US, the app gained popularity with out-of context, slightly weird, unfiltered vertical videos. Users challenge each other to unscrew a water bottle cap with a single roundhouse kick, make cereal out of tiny pancakes, or do funny group dances with family and friends. And these videos go absolutely viral, reaching hundreds of thousands of other users. It is no wonder why celebrities or famous artists develop alter egos on TikTok that are different from their other social networking accounts. Now, even brands and ad agencies are studying the service or have their employees become content creators.

It would be a big mistake to simply write this app off as a fad. TikTok, seated at the epicenter of fad creation, has more meticulous purposes and plans than any other digital platform. From the moment it is opened, the app unfurls a constant feed of new and intriguing videos regardless of the number of followers or following accounts. Aside from. a convenient watching experience, the app smartly enables users to create videos with minimal movement. And that is not all. In the world of creation, reproducing or duplicating original content is highly frowned upon, but TikTok has turned that idea on its head, spawning a culture built on the app’s special features. It could be said that TikTok is a prime example of how form defines the. content, and that form faithfully follows the human instinct to play. In the end, all this reminds me of a quote by philosopher Martin Heidegger: “It plays, because it plays. The ‘because’ withers away in the play. The play is without ‘why.’”

Eunsung Park

Content & Editorial Director


TikTok Quotes:

TikTok transcends borders, language barriers, and generation gaps. It connects people with diverse backgrounds and encourages empathy and understanding. I think this all was the foundation for TikTok’s growth.
Sean Kim, Head of Product of TikTok US
You have to rely on scientific elements in order to be meaningful and purposeful because there are a lot of brands that are creative for creativity’s sake. As a marketer, I think there’s a good balance between creativity and data at TikTok.
Nick Tran, Head of Global Marketing of TikTok

Pairs nicely with Magazine B: Google, Magazine B: Instagram

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