2/23: Rhetorical performances in hashtag movements

A series of multiplying Twitter birds visually illustrates the text stating

image credit: Bethany Showers

Today we will scrutinize the rhetorical functions of hashtags, particularly the linguistic functions they serve.  To prepare for class:

  • Read Julia Turner’s article “In Praise of the Hashtag”
  • Read Daer, Hoffman, & Goodman’s article “Rhetorical Functions of Hashtag Forms Across Social Media Applications” (ELMS, pdf)
  • Finalize your Hashtag Movement Presentation and essay for the class.  Take Turner’s call to action for scholarly research of the hashtag to heart!


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