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TikTok is the fastest growing app in the world, and the first to challenge the Silicon Valley hegemony. It’s made an enemy in Donald Trump, and is the app a generation chooses to use to express itself. But how has TikTok taken over the world in just a few short years, and what does its success mean for the future of technology? Journalist and author of YouTubers: How YouTube TikTok is the fastest growing app in the world, and the first to challenge the Silicon Valley hegemony. It’s made an enemy in Donald Trump, and is the app a generation chooses to use to express itself. But how has TikTok taken over the world in just a few short years, and what does its success mean for the future of technology? Journalist and author of YouTubers: How YouTube shook up TV and created a new generation of stars, Chris Stokel-Walker, will tell the inside story of TikTok’s success for the first time in this new book: TikTok Boom: China, the US and the Superpower Battle for Social Media. Over the course of several years, he has interviewed scores of people connected to the world’s hottest app, including current and former employees, as well as some of TikTok’s biggest names in front of and behind the lens, gleaning never-before-seen insights as to how the new influencer ecosystem works. And as talks of a ban become more widespread, Stokel-Walker plots its potential downfall as the weight of geopolitics looms over the platform and its founder, Yiming Zhang.


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TikTok is the fastest growing app in the world, and the first to challenge the Silicon Valley hegemony. It’s made an enemy in Donald Trump, and is the app a generation chooses to use to express itself. But how has TikTok taken over the world in just a few short years, and what does its success mean for the future of technology? Journalist and author of YouTubers: How YouTube TikTok is the fastest growing app in the world, and the first to challenge the Silicon Valley hegemony. It’s made an enemy in Donald Trump, and is the app a generation chooses to use to express itself. But how has TikTok taken over the world in just a few short years, and what does its success mean for the future of technology? Journalist and author of YouTubers: How YouTube shook up TV and created a new generation of stars, Chris Stokel-Walker, will tell the inside story of TikTok’s success for the first time in this new book: TikTok Boom: China, the US and the Superpower Battle for Social Media. Over the course of several years, he has interviewed scores of people connected to the world’s hottest app, including current and former employees, as well as some of TikTok’s biggest names in front of and behind the lens, gleaning never-before-seen insights as to how the new influencer ecosystem works. And as talks of a ban become more widespread, Stokel-Walker plots its potential downfall as the weight of geopolitics looms over the platform and its founder, Yiming Zhang.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Frames of Life Blog

    One of the most captivating read for me in the month of October. Well researched, the author's tech industry knowledge and analytical mind made me hooked right from the start. All you need to know about tiktok vs the rest of social media is here. One of the most captivating read for me in the month of October. Well researched, the author's tech industry knowledge and analytical mind made me hooked right from the start. All you need to know about tiktok vs the rest of social media is here.

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    Ershen

    An easy-to-access discussion of how TikTok and its eponymous generation has changed how we experienced everything from music and beauty, and actualised Warhol’s 15 minutes (seconds) of fame.

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