For my proposal, I want to explore amateur history presented on TikTok.
I want to focus specifically on #ForgottenHistory. There is a specific account dedicated to forgotten history, but it is satirical. I am interested in how users use the #ForgottenHistory to spread social awareness. I’m interested in seeing if there is any correlation between when the video was posted and the events occurring at the time. For example, around the time of the Free Palestine Movement, I found a TikTok discussing Muslim aid to Jews during the Holocaust. Not only did the creator tag #ForgottenHistory, but he tagged various #FreePalestine related hashtags as a way to gain more traction.
There is also the interesting use of place present in the videos that are tagged with #ForgottenHistory. A good chunk of the videos are people giving tours of abandoned buildings and giving their historical significance. This is reminiscent of a virtual tour many museums and historic sites offer. One TikTok goes through an Arizona cemetery and links the story of three people interred there.