Sundance 2022: “TikTok, Boom.” Interrogates the Rewards, Risks and Politics of One of the World’s Most Popular Apps

The documentary TikTok, Boom. by Shalini Kantayya persuasively argues that TikTok’s curation results in viewers finding themselves in narrower and narrower silos, where they only see videos that confirm their biases and undergird their beliefs, with little regard for fact, accuracy or diverse perspectives. On the other hand, the app has a potential democratizing effect.

Ultimately, Tiktok, Boom. functions as an edifying look at the experiences of digital natives, Generation Z and beyond, and how these young people try to make meaning in the world.