The Power and Politics of Discursive Networks
Edited By Nathan Rambukkana
Hashtags are deictic, indexical – yet what they point to is themselves, their own dual role in ongoing discourse. Focusing on hashtags used for topics from Ferguson, Missouri, to Australian politics, from online quilting communities to labour protests, from feminist outrage to drag pop culture, this collection follows hashtag publics as they trend beyond Twitter into other spaces of social networking such as Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr as well as other media spaces such as television, print, and graffiti.
Chapter Twelve: Living the #Quilt Life: Talking about Quiltmaking on Tumblr
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Living the #Quilt Life: Talking about Quiltmaking on Tumblr
AMANDA GRACE SIKARSKIE
Thetwotwoone is a self-described “mom trying to make her living quilting and crocheting from home” (Thetwotwoone, 2014a). She is also a blogger on Tumblr who has employed many quilt-related hashtags, including the popular #quilt life. While this mother and her #quilt life might seem like strange bedfellows alongside users employing tags such as #trans*, #goth, #metal, and the like, quilt- and craft-related hashtags, like the subaltern ones, serve similar functions of community building, self-identification, and in-group communication.
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