There’s an unending flood of discourse on TikTok that’s now making its way to mainstream media, sparking a cycle of TikTok and the media reacting to each other. TikTok is changing how the media reports on pop culture and responds to it. So of course we had to look deeper into this phenomena.
From Don’t Worry Darling Discourse, to expecting access to the knowledge of your fave’s sexuality, TikTok creators who are fans of pop culture have taken gossip and turned it into news. And it goes so crazy that the mainstream media feels to acknowledge it.
For example, a Journalist for Rolling Stone reports on the fan theory that Taylor Swift is secretly gay. Some Swities then believe since a reputable publication like Rolling Stone reported on it, it gives the theory some validity.
But this isn’t how the media works. Lack of media literacy and a rise in TikTok group think is changing both how the media reports on pop culture and how individuals consume and respond to media.
If you like this episode, we think you should check out past episodes like: Depp v. Heard: The Cultural Impact Of Celebrity Abuse Cases (with journalist Aja Romano) & Time to Talk About Male Objectification
Sources for TikTok Is Changing How The Media Reports On Pop Culture
Young Aussie calls Meghan Markle a TRAINWRECK and a ‘spoilt brat’ after her polarising UK gender equality speech (DailyMail)
‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Crew Disputes Claims of on-Set Drama Between Olivia Wilde and Florence Pugh (People)
Don’t Worry, Darling, It’s Judgment Day (Vulture, Chris Lee, 2022)
Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis slam nanny after bombshell interview (Page Six, Sara Nathan, 2022)
What Is Media Literacy? (Very Well Mind, Cynthia Vinney, January 2022)
How Do You Kill A Conspiracy Theory? With Media Literacy And Better Critical Thinking (Forbes, Helen Lee Bouygues, Sept 2022)
TikTok’s infinite scroll spotlights a growing media literacy crisis (Mashable, Chase DiBenedetto and Elena Cavender, October 2022)
We should fear TikTok’s influence on news media (The New Statesman, Sarah Manavis, July 2022)
Harry Styles Walks a Fine Line (New York Times, Anna Marks, August 27, 2022)
Some Taylor Swift Stans Hunt For Clues to Queerness in Promos for New Album ‘Midnights’ (Rolling Stone, CT Jones, September 3, 2022)
‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Crew Disputes Claims of on-Set Drama Between Olivia Wilde and Florence Pugh (People, Nicholas Rice and Mia McNiece, September 24, 2022)