TikTok has become a flashpoint in American politics– with lawmakers raising concerns over what they see as the company’s failure to protect user data and moderate harmful content. TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew recently faced questions from Congress members alleging the app is handing over sensitive user data to the Chinese Communist party. Many of the concerns lawmakers raised also apply to other apps and U.S. technology companies. The hearing left many TikTok users concerned with the notion that the federal government may ban the popular app (over 150 million Americans are on TikTok.) Many state governments and the federal government have already banned the use of TikTok on government-owned devices, citing security risks.
The hearing shows the disconnect between members of Congress who are concerned about security breaches and possible Chinese surveillance and TikTok users who want to be able to keep making and watching short, engaging videos about cooking, makeup, and other topics. This disconnect raises lots of questions: Can the government ban a social media app like TikTok? What precedent does this set? How is the personal data collected by technology companies, like TikTok, used?
Your Challenge: Record a short video (under 3 minutes) describing your experiences, conversations with friends and parents, and explaining your opinions about the debate over TikTok and the potential ban of the app in the United States.
DEADLINE: Monday, April 10, 2023
Record another student: Record a student in your school and/or community using the suggested questions as a guide. Add your own questions too, and ask good follow up questions based on the answers you hear.
Record yourself: This could be in the form of a video diary, where you record yourself talking straight to the camera using the suggested questions.
CONSIDER THESE EXAMPLES AS YOU PRODUCE YOUR MEDIA, VIDEO WILL BE EDITED INTO A MONTAGE BY SRL EDITORS:
Create a Montage: Edit together five to eight responses, post to your program’s social media accounts and tag us. This piece would be great content for your school show as well. Throw in some B-Roll if you want an extra challenge and aim to include a diverse representation of students in your school.
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ON CAMERA IDENTIFICATION: For the record, please say and spell your full name (first and last) on camera. Also please describe how you want to be identified in this video. For example, “I’m an 11th grade student at Canyon High School in Santa Clarita, California” NOTE: THIS INFORMATION IS USED BY SRL’S EDITORS TO IDENTIFY STUDENTS ON SCREEN. WE NEED IT IN ORDER TO PUBLISH YOUR VIDEO.
Rename the video file with your information: STATE_School_Name_TikTokBan.mp4
File type: .mp4, codec: h.264, resolution: 1920x1080, 30fps
Exporting .mp4 using Premiere or Final Cut Pro
EXAMPLE OF DESIRED COMPOSITION FOR RAPID RESPONSES:
Subject is looking at the camera, centered, from the chest up, normal headroom.
A set of moral principles based on standards of right and wrong, usually in terms of obligations, benefits to society, fairness, or specific virtues.
Belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc.
Prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.
Media refers to all electronic or digital means and print or artistic visuals used to transmit messages.
All forms of media created with the purpose of informing the public and delivering news through specific mediums such as radio and broadcast stations, digital news organizations and others.
The act of consuming any form of media including anything that is text or visual. It can be books, television, papers, flyers, advertisements, newspapers, information on the Internet, etc.
Immediate, current information and events are newsworthy because they have just recently occurred. It’s news because it’s “new.”
People are interested in other people. Everyone has something to celebrate and something to complain about. We like unusual stories of people who accomplish amazing feats or handle a life crisis because we can identify with them.
A conversation between two or more people where the purpose is to gather information and facts. The interviewer asks questions and the interviewee provides information based on their knowledge about a specific topic or issue.
A view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.
An investigation into and study of sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions.
A desire to learn and know about something or anything.
The supplemental footage used to visually support your A-ROLL.