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The power of social media, and how it has rapidly turned into my source for news and updates. This could be due to the creation of the hash-tag (#) and how it has brought global discussions to the media’s attention. The hashtag allows people to easily “trend” a particular topic and allow discussion, with complete freedom.

The hashtag has also been a mode of reconciliation, reflection and participation in events which have raised public awareness, such as #sydneysiege and the following #i’llridewithyou and #putoutyourbats following the said passing of cricketer Phillip Hughes. This idea of solidarity and accompanying Muslims on their daily errands in public transport and sharing the streets at a time when anti-Muslim was going to be the likely backlash from the events, as well as Australia and the worlds humanness towards an event is empowered by social media. The hashtag allows a community to be formed within a forum such as twitter and gives a voice (and chance to be heard) by a global audience.  The assumption that in the heat of the terror, anger might be raised towards those who had no involvement with the actions of one psychopath rose to fear amongst communities.

.The YouTube video i created explores how the emotional connection between an event and a hashtag can bring together the community associated on a global scale.


7 thoughts on “#Human

    thetremendousunknown said:
    September 26, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Hi Sam,

    Your hash tag #HUMAN immediately engaged my attention, so good job! Also nice aggregation of events. An alternative to your post would have been to focus on one hashtag and explore it in great depth.

    When the hash-tags #illridewithyou and #putyourbatsdown trended I was on exchange overseas. It was really interesting to be thousands of kilometers away but still feel apart of Australia sympathizing and grieving over these issues. However, none of my British flat mates had any notion of these ‘events.’

    I’m glad you share my annoyance with Gladwell. I just can’t look past the comment he makes about evangelists of social media. Further to your research on hashtags, this article on the Huffington Post looks at hashtag activism.



    catacious said:
    September 26, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Really great post and video! It actually got me trying to think what the cyber-realist perspective would be on #Putyourbatsout, because I think the primary point of the hashtag was to remember and celebrate Hughes’ life and not to really initiate social change. I do remember talks about reviewing cricket’s safety afterwards however, and apparently the sale of cricket helmets went up ( http://www.sunraysiadaily.com.au/story/2740616/safety-issues-cricket-helmet-sales-skyrocket-in-wake-of-phillip-hughes-tragic-death/ ), but I don’t know how much of that was social media related or related to that hashtag specifically. I couldn’t find anything on whether the rules have been changed since Hughes’ death, but it was interesting to look at.

    #Putyourbatsout did remind me of another hashtag inspired by the sentiment, the #putyouronionsout hashtag in the wake of the recent Liberal leadership spill. There were also Julia Gillard related memes and a changed entry on the “Sport in Australia” page on Wikipedia ( http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-34244573 ). It was interesting how the hashtag’s idea was used for a different purpose.

    As another note, I think adding links to the stories that all the hashtags were about would be a good addition. But I really enjoyed this post, it made me think about some things! Great job!

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    Jacob said:
    September 27, 2015 at 7:41 am

    I really like this blog! I think it highlights how the #tag allows people from all around the world, no matter their differences, to connect and participate in discussions and movements that can help and respect others. I think the #tag in general, for me, is a symbol of human connection that is significant because of its ability to broadcast emotion. A really good post! Well done Sam!

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    The Leisure Post said:
    September 28, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Nice video Sam.

    The hashtag has become an integral part of how we communicate online since citizen journalists began widespread use of the hashtag during the 2007 San Diego bush fires. Its interesting to see how the hashtag can be used to create awareness about issues and enable people to congregate online.

    Another example of the hashtag’s power was evident recently when young American boy Ahmed Mohamed was arrested after bringing a homemade clock to school. Social media users quickly jumped on the the hashtag #istandwithahmed in order to condemn the actions of the young boys school and the police involved.
    The social media campaign even managed to attract the attention of US president Barrack Obama and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

    I think its a positive sign power of social media is being used to condemn the actions of corrupt or negligent authorities.

    You can read more about Ahmed’s story here.


    jessiccanaous said:
    October 1, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    You did a great job with the video. The concept you’re grasping is very intriguing. Twitter has become one of the quickest and easiest tools to aggregate a number of peoples conversations in order to make a bigger conversation and even a movement in many cases just as you are talking about in the video. Just as the creators of twitter say, “There isn’t one big moment, there is a series of moments” (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/travel/video-1149222/The-founders-Twitter-discuss-ability-Connect-Discover.html) and I think this is why its so successful in allowing people to be powerful via twitter. Because we are broadcasting series of real time moments instead of giving people one moment as a story, which is basically what legacy media does. Great job!


    thepinkprotagonist said:
    October 6, 2015 at 8:10 am

    It’s very true that these days many movements have been started with a simple hashtag. I certainly participated in the #iwillridewithyou movement. I fully admit when the whole hashtag movement started I didn’t fully understand the significance of it all and found it downright annoying when someone would would pretty much write half their status as hashtags. This was until I realised that the idea was to create a link that people can also post their own status too. These sorts of links certainly helped me u der stand it all a bit more: http://mashable.com/2013/10/08/what-is-hashtag/


    alecbennett95 said:
    October 23, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Really well constructed video, editing wise there are a few things you could improve to help engage the audience more, but in terms of getting your point across. Overall blog and video is well researched using great example such as #Illridewithyou really show how citizen journalism is growing and having more and more impact on our culture.


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