TikTok: Creativity, Collaboration, and the Art of Effecting Change

Blogger Eugene Wei astutely states that TikTok relies on a network effect of creativity, meaning “…that every
additional user on TikTok makes every other user more creative.”
TikTok has a strong form of this type of network effect. They explicitly lower the barrier to the literal
remixing ofeveryone else’s content. In their app, they have a wealth of features that make it dead simple
to grab any element from another TikTok and incorporate it into a new TikTok. (Wei, “American Idle.”)
Please write a five-paragraph essay on the topics below. Please make sure your essay is at least 700 words:

  1. Paragraph One: “Innovation compounds as more ideas from more people collide.” (Wei, American
    Idle.”) Describe a series of videos on TikTok that are a collaboration between three or more people.
    Discuss the ‘network effect of creativity’ as explained above. Explain why the collaboration works.
    Some things to think about:
    a. Are the creators using the duet feature to create collaboration?
    b. Are the creators collaborating by reacting to each other or reacting to feedback from the TikTok
    community? If so, how?
    c. Is the collaboration original content or a reproduction/remix/update of already existing content
    or an already existing meme or trend?
    d. Does music play a part in the collaboration?
    e. Include links to the videos you discuss.

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