Digital space: Tik Tok
TikTok was launched in 2016 and has grown to be as popular as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This app was originally created by the Chinese company, ByteDance, and its purpose was to serve as a social network. The app was originally named Douyin, which started to gain popularity as a competing app called Musical.ly gained users. The targeted audience for this app was mainly teens, and only 7.1% of TikTok users are over 50 years old.
Initially, TikTok videos consisted of lip-synch videos or dancing videos with popular songs that were stored in a “sounds” category. However, users began to contribute many other forms of content on this app as it continued to grow in popularity. There are accounts that post any genre of TikTok that you could think of. TikTok currently has over 2 billion downloads worldwide.
The role of TikTok in history is that it acts an on online community for people all over the world. Anyone on this app can request to follow another user or comment on a video. Each user can duet another user’s video, which creates a communicative and interactive environment. This app acts as a medium for spreading information and connecting its users. TikTok is available in 75 languages, demonstrating that it is truly an app that is used worldwide.
TikTok has definitely had an impact on me and continues to shape my life. For example, I have been able to witness how widespread a specific trend, viral video, or sound can become. TikTok continues to provide me with comedic and educational videos that I share with others. I personally have not had much of an impact on the history of TikTok. My presence on this app only goes as far as liking and favoriting videos, and appearing in some of my sister’s TikTok videos.
Physical Space: Clark Gardens
Clark Gardens is the former home of Grenville Clark, attorney author and advisor to president Franklin Roosevelt. The garden was established in 1969 and designed by noted garden designer Alice Recknagel Ireys. Grenville Clark donated the home in 1966, which is now owned by the Town of North Hempstead as a non-profit organization. Mr. Clark created the garden in memory of his wife. The designer of this garden is also known for designs in the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Mr. Clark had quite an interesting life, with involvement in foreign and domestic affairs in the twentieth century. He was an advisor to four U.S. Presidents and wrote the book, “A Plan for Peace”.
The garden was originally named the Fanny Dwight Clark Memorial Garden of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. However, it was acquired by the Town of North Hempstead in 1969 and is known as Clark Botanic Garden currently. The garden occupies twelve acres of land with 5,000 species of plants, 1,000 labeled trees, shrubs, and garden plants. Clark Garden is currently a part of the Town’s parks system. The town named this garden as a botanic garden to promote horticultural education. The garden is free to the public, and they even host concerts during the summer months.
Clark Botanic Gardens has definitely had an impact on my life. The first time that I visited the garden was for a field trip in elementary school. When I got back from the field trip I told my mom that we had to go back there soon since it was so beautiful. Now, I visit the garden almost every week whenever I am home from school. I have not shaped the history of this place currently, but I would love to participate in the community garden or even volunteer at Clark.
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