Researching Hash Tags

Twitter logo made of people

Twitter is a social media site that started out a passing fad, became a growing trend, and is now in many ways how we tell what people care about. It has picked up social power, so it is now a subject of study.

“Twitter is fascinating. Like other popular dot-com gathering places with user-generated content, Twitter represents everything good, bad, and boring about modern mass media. Insofar as it fosters connections, gives “the people” a voice, and facilitates the dissemination of ideas and information, it is wonderful. On the other hand, the extreme brevity that Twitter imposes plays a major role in the degraded, cynical, and misleading “conversations” around various important world events, whereby hot-headed opinions are forged by snappy reductionist arguments captured in infographics, sound bites, and hashtags.”

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