Hashtag #activism #notallBS

For this week’s blog post, the lucky last one, i’m going to be discussing the power of hashtags and hashtag activism, as well as the #bullshit that comes along with the concept of hashtags. For starters, what is a hashtag? According to the Urban Dictionary:
hashtag haʃtaɡ/
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1. To put it simply, a hash tag is simply a way for people to search for tweets that have a common topic and to begin a conversation. For example, if you search on #LOST (or #Lost or #lost, because it’s not case-sensitive), you’ll get a list of tweets related to the TV show. What you won’t get are tweets that say “I lost my wallet yesterday” because “lost” isn’t preceded by the hash tag.
The concept of a hashtag holds hands with many other ideas and concepts including #activism. Here are some notable examples for hashtag activism:
#Kony2012 
Kony 2012 was a short film that addressed the Invisible Children of Africa, its purpose was to put an end to the Aftican cult and militia leader, indicated war criminal and International Criminal Court fugitive, Joseph Kony.
In 2014 when Boko Haram kidnapped over 200 school girls from Chibok, Nigeria, this hashtag began to trend in an attempt to keep this story in the news, as well as creating international attention to it.
#nomakeupselfie 
This hashtag was an attempt to support and women with cancer. According to  from Time Magazine “The movement has tapped into aspects we love about the Internet—selfies, hashtags, self-congratulation, scrolling through pictures of other people looking a little worse than they normally do. Plus there’s the added bonus of letting all our friends and followers know that we’re doing something good, like donating money, and that we’re not so vain that we need makeup. It’s basically an ad for our own best selves, complete with photo.” Ironic huh.
#GamerGate
This hashtag began in 2014 after a number of video game consumers began to criticise what they felt was corruption of ethics in video game journalism. This lead to discussions and controversy covering sexism, misogny and culture wars within the video game industry and community.
In essence, hashtags can be extremely useful to follow trending and important conversations surrounding topics on an international forum. HOWEVER there is also a huge amount of crap that comes along with hashtags. So what do you think? What are the positives/negatives of hashtags? #hopeyoulikedmyblog #byenow
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