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.