Post Mortem

Mobile Phone & Tik Tok

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 4/23/2019 12:28:54 PM IST

 The late nineties brought in a device called mobile phone pushing aside the pager which had been ruling the roost till then. Its humble debut in to our country suddenly took the people by a storm. In the beginning, it came to the hands of people as a simple voice communication gizmo, but later it began to come with lots of applications loaded to help you and to entertain you. Now it is the symbol of your pride and as a matter of fact, you are judged by the mobile phone you are carrying.

With the smartphones ruling the roost in our life these days, life almost revolves around it and things have come to such a level in life that there is nothing we can do without a smart phone. Life sans smartphone is like beef without mustard. Now everyone vying each other to own a glitzy and smarter smartphone for faster browsing the internet has indeed signaled a clear change of the life that we are leading now.

There are hundreds of thousands of applications developed to augment the mobile phone’s utility. The recently banned application Tik Tok owned and operated by a Chinese company has won millions of users across the world within a short span of time. In India alone, more than 240 million times this application was downloaded and each day the number of users was growing amazingly. Jokes, clips and footage related to India’s thriving movie industry dominated the app’s platform, along with memes and videos in which youngsters; some scantily clad, lip-sync and dance to popular music.

It was the Madras High Court hearing the case had ordered a ban on the option to download Tik Tok from Google and Apple app stores in India as it hosted inappropriate content that could potentially be dangerous for impressionable young minds. Moreover, a major section of the demographic that Tik Tok attracts is children and youngsters. The matter of great concern is that despite the age limit of 13 years, children of all ages are using the app.

It may be recalled that the 2019 BBC investigation mentioned various pedophilic comments and interactions on the app. It also further reported that though Tik Tok can remove illegal content or comments posted on its app, it cannot remove or block the person who put up such content or comments. 

Delving deep into the pros and cons of banning this app, it must be born in mind that in a sense, this app is great for a liquid or fluid society wherein everything is being transformed from the ‘solid’ to the ‘liquid’ phase of modernity. But we have a society based on some solid moral principles derived from our great men of the past. These principles are the driving force and the basic ones to hold and stay afloat the society intact. So, the app that cannot contribute and promote our society in a positive way must be banned. 

T K Nandanan, Perumanur, Thevara, 

Kochi, (nanduthejus@gmail.com)

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