How TikTok users are projecting their realities, with joy

When you first open the app, TikTok is madness. What greets you is an unfiltered stream of videos that the system decides people like you, the user, are interested in — based on your location and other videos with which you’ve interacted.

There is no warning. You’re pulled into a bizarre stream — rakhi videos with a Dr. Dre soundtrack; two guys playing cops and…