Over*Flow: “It’s not dark humor if it’s not your trauma – you’re just bad people”: The exploitative nature of TikTok meme cultures
Moa Eriksson Krutrök / UmeA University, Sweden

Moa Eriksson Krutrök explores the ways social media like TikTok can offer individuals social support to process grief and trauma. Unfortunately, meme culture can radically recontextualize the personal and exploit already vulnerable people.

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Domesticity Again, Domesticity Forever: Cottagecore and Domestic Media History
Caroline N. Bayne / University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

The cottagecore trend is finding new expression on Tiktok as users present highly curated visions of domesticity. Caroline N. Bayne explores the myths in cottagecore aesthetics and the ways in which they present the home as a sacred space untroubled by the world of work.

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Make This Go Viral: Building Musical Careers through Accidental Virality on TikTok
D. Bondy Valdovinos Kaye / Queensland University of Technology

Through the case study of songwriter and vocalist Sophie Fraser, D. Bondy Valdovinos Kaye explores how accidental virality on TikTok can influence digital identities, professionalization, and unexpectedly lead to new career opportunities for musicians.

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