2/16: What is hashtag activism?

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Anyone connected to technology has seen the proliferation of hashtag activism the past few years, from the #BlackLives Matter movement to the #ALSIceBucketChallenge.  But how exactly do we define hashtag activism?  Does it matter who initiates the movement?  Does it matter who participates?  What purpose does hashtag activism serve?  (We’ll get into the question of whether or not it is effective later on.)

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