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What Does POV Mean?POV means "Point of View." It is often seen on social media (especially TikTok) as #pov.
There are two main ways that #POV is used:
POV = What Is Seen From the Perspective of the Camera or Main ProtagonistIn this context, POV shows the point of view from the first-person perspective or focuses directly on the main character. It is particularly common on TikTok, as well as in sports broadcasting.
TikTok user alyssamckayyy has over five million likes for this video, entitled "wear your masks." Her video expresses her personal views on how a rich girl parties during the Coronavirus pandemic. (If TikTok doesn't load, click here.)
@alyssamckayyyDuring sports matches (such as football, hockey, soccer, etc.), the POV camera shows the game from the perspective of a particular player. In Formula 1 motor racing, viewers can see the race from a driver's dashboard camera.
##pov the rich girl parties during a pandemic. • top from @official_ivoryella♬ wear ur masks - alyssa mckay 🦋
This aspect of POV is also used in the film industry (especially the porn industry), when a scene is filmed so the viewer experiences events through the eyes a certain character.
POV = In My OpinionIn comment sections, discussion boards and in general text-based chat, POV means "this is my point of view" or "in my opinion."
In this context, POV is essentially a caveat, used to reduce the number of comments from haters. It highlights the right of the poster to say what they feel, even if it might offend some. For example:
- Meat is murder! #POV.
- Lettuce lives matter too! #POV.
Video Summarizing POVHere's a short video explaining how POV is used:
Image for POVWhen I write POV, I mean this: #POV is a particularly popular tag on TikTok.
Summary of Key Points"Point of View" is the most common definition for POV, especially on TikTok, but also on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
|Definition:||Point of View
(1) Perspective of First-Person or Camera.
(2) In My Opinion.
|Type:||Abbreviation & Acronym|
2: Quite easy to guess
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An Academic Look at POVPOV can be classified as both an initialism abbreviation (because it is pronounced using its individual letters, i.e., "Pee Oh Vee") and an acronym (because it can be spoken like a word).
Example of POV Used in a Text
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