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Week 8: Unsuspecting Occupations, Matthew Perry, and TikTok Shop

TikTok is arguably the most influential social media platform in the world, having about 1.7 billion active users. Despite its definite drawbacks, such as the correlation to poorer mental health, TikTok definitely has its advantages. For example, many of the blue-collar workers who never had a platform to share their story now have a huge opportunity to not only make money, but inform people about their under-recognized occupations, such as being a lobsterman.

Matthew Perry, has passed away at 54. His most famous character was undoubtedly Chandler Bing, the ridiculous comic of the long time TV show, Friends. Despite his carefree demeanor on the hit show, his life was far from perfect. Behind the scenes Perry was facing incredible anxiety and insecurity, which would greatly impact his life and the people around him. This article is a tribute to his triumphs and struggles, which he recently opened up about in his 2022 memoir, “Friends, Lovers, and The Big Terrible Thing”.

How far can a social media platform influence the economy? The answer is: too much. As the TikTok shop rises in popularity, with its ultra-affordable prices and constant promotional videos, the new online shopping option has become a driving force in the world of e-commerce. But one has to question how the products have such low prices, with both ethical and quality concerns in mind. It has been proven time and time again that platforms similar to this, such as SHIEN, promote unsustainable fast fashion and commonly utilize immoral production practices, like child labor.

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