The Power and Politics of Discursive Networks
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 Fifteen: Black Twitter: Building Connection through Cultural Conversation
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Black Twitter: Building Connection through Cultural Conversation
There’s power in these Black Twitter streets…motivating masses to do anything creates something. There’s always results. A lot of times on Twitter there are just a lot of words, but then something gets done. Someone once told me, “your greatest resources in life are people,” and that’s especially true of Black Twitter, because we don’t do a lot in life to motivate each other. People reach people to get things done. If you reach a lot of people, you can get things done via Twitter.
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