2. Using the readings from this week, define ‘hashtag activism’. In your opinion, does ‘hastag activism’ have real world consequences? What are the benefits of this form of activism? What are some of its constraints? Please cite any additional resources you use.
Hashtag Activism “has been labeled a ‘microblog’ technology due to the medium’s restriction of posts to 140 characters or fewer.” (Murthy, 2012, p. 1060) Users are able to produce comments about whatever they wish, yet caped at the amount of characters. They have a network of friends that they connect with and whom want to connect with them. The ability to express ones’ opinion can be viewed by many and effect masses.
Hashtag Activism has real world consequences! People are allowed to express their feeling although if it offends another then lawsuits can be arranged. Miley Cyrus verse Sinead O’Conner via twitter was repeated on mass media sources. Everyone was updated on the next post. Unfortunately, the tweets were very un-lady-like and often negative towards each other. Having their “fight” exposed to the public allows for the public to place judgement. The “public fight” allowed the two to be exposed to the public which allows those following to place judgement. I personally felt that Sinead was in the right, unfortunately as the public fight continued, I disagreed with Sinead. Since hashtags were invented, one can follow a specific topic they wish to learn about.
My office manager had the whole staff on her facebook, but once a family fight hit facebook we were all deleted. No one wants to see a fight over facebook it is “trashy.” Therefore I respect my manager for deleting the staff. Yet, I feel that one that participates in immature fights over social media is unprofessional and lacks maturity. I feel like that situation made the idea of my manager being more superior to I was then turned into nonexistent. #childish #growup #dirtylaundry
Alerting the public of emergency situations has proven very successful over social media. Hashtags have allowed to public to connect with information quickly and the information is instant and can change instantly. Being connected to #TOsnowstorm one could find out when the power in a certain area was attained again.
Those who do not know how to use “Hashtags,” like myself. Hold the opportunity to screw up the integrity of a hashtag. For example, I took a photo of a meal I made #homeCookMeal, but dad came home with take out, then I hashtagged it as the same as my dinner I made. I was being funny, but when you see the collection of “#homeCookMeal” a photo of takeout will appear. This lowers the integrity of the hashtag since a photo of the opposite meaning of the hashtag is there.
As we can see we require social media to spread hashtags. Hashtags can serve as a rapid connection to emergency situations. Therefore Hashtag activism holds the good for the public. There will always be hashtags that serve no purpose. With that said there are multiple hashtags that the general public will not hold its’ integrity. Either because they do not understand the meaning behind hashtags or they use them as antonyms, like myself. Overall Hashtags are worthwhile in our media especially when information needs to be collected and at rapid speed.