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Do you need a TikTok hype house to win the White House?

Episode 7 / 29 Oct 2020

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Do you know what a TikTok hype house is? What are they and what do they have to do with the 2020 US presidential election? Watch this video to find out more and try to answer our questions.

USEFUL PHRASES

‘Gen Z’
This phrase stands for ‘Generation Z’ which is used to describe people born between the mid-to-late 1990s and early 2010s. This generation is known for being confident users of the internet and social media. For example, my cousin, who loves computer games, was
born in 1998 so she is part of Gen Z.

‘sway’
This word means when someone is influenced to change their opinion about something or someone. For example, the media campaign for the new political party focuses on climate change which could sway votes.

‘collective’
This word means a group of individuals who have similar ideals and decide to collaborate together to produce content, in this case for a TikTok account. For example, the new
political party wants to start a TikTok collective to give its members a platform to discuss their ideas.

‘media storm’
This phrase means when something abruptly becomes the focus of widespread and
usually negative coverage in the media. For example, the actor’s comments about his co-star ignited a media storm.

QUESTIONS

1. What else, as well as the White House, is important for Gen Z in the US general election?
a. Their favourite TikTok hype house.
b. Their peer groups’ opinion.
c. Their grandparents’ house.

2. What is TikTok now home to?
a. political groups with thousands of followers
b. celebrity cook groups
c. fitness class groups

3. How many views do videos on election and political news have?
a. In the millions.
b. In the hundreds of thousands.
c. In the thousands.

4. What is a TikTok ‘hype house’?
a. An individual account where only one person is able to post videos.
b. A group account where each person has the account information and is able to post video.
c. A house where you can go to record TikTok videos.

5. In the video, Aiden Kohn-Murphy lists which political parties have hype houses. Which ones are they?
a. None.
b. Only the Republican House.
c. The Republican House, the conservative hype house and the Democratic hype house.

6. Which political hype houses have some of the largest followings on TikTok?
a. None
b. Left-wing hype houses
c. Right-wing hype houses

7. How did being in a hype house help Joie Culin?
a. It helped her find a community she couldn’t find in real life.
b. It helped her make friends in her neighbourhood.
c. It helped her do her homework.

8. Does Joie Culin think ‘The Republican Girls’ can bring about political change?
a. She doesn’t think the hype house itself will sway the election, but she does believe more people will go out and vote for Trump.
b. No, The Republican Girls was not set up to bring about political change.
c. She’s not sure – only time will tell.

9. How many followers does the new pro-Biden TikTok collective have if you accumulate all of them together?
a. 1 million users
b. 175 million users
c. 17 million users

10. Does Aiden think Gen Z is politically unengaged?
a. Yes, they don’t care about politics.
b. Some are and some aren’t.
c. No, they are very passionate and want to be civically engaged.

ANSWERS

1. What else, as well as the White House, is important for Gen Z in the US general election?
a. Their favourite TikTok hype house.

b. Their peer groups’ opinion.
c. Their grandparents’ house.

2. What is TikTok now home to?
a. political groups with thousands of followers
b. celebrity cook groups
c. fitness class groups

3. How many views do videos on election and political news have?
a. In the millions.
b. In the hundreds of thousands.
c. In the thousands.

4. What is a TikTok ‘hype house’?
a. An individual account where only one person is able to post videos.
b. A group account where each person has the account information and is able to post video.
c. A house where you can go to record TikTok videos.

5. In the video, Aiden Kohn-Murphy lists which political parties have hype houses. Which ones are they?
a. None.
b. Only the Republican House.
c. The Republican House, the conservative hype house and the Democratic hype house.

6. Which political hype houses have some of the largest followings on TikTok?
a. None
b. Left-wing hype houses
c. Right-wing hype houses

7. How did being in a hype house help Joie Culin?
a. It helped her find a community she couldn’t find in real life.
b. It helped her make friends in her neighbourhood.
c. It helped her do her homework.

8. Does Joie Culin think ‘The Republican Girls’ can bring about political change?
a. She doesn’t think the hype house itself will sway the election, but she does believe more people will go out and vote for Trump.
b. No, The Republican Girls was not set up to bring about political change.
c. She’s not sure – only time will tell.

9. How many followers does the new pro-Biden TikTok collective have if you accumulate all of them together?
a. 1 million users
b. 175 million users
c. 17 million users

10. Does Aiden think Gen Z is politically unengaged?
a. Yes, they don’t care about politics.
b. Some are and some aren’t.
c. No, they are very passionate and want to be civically engaged.

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