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Thanks for the details Bart. I am glad you have shared all of this with our readers. You've got an ambitious project that is serving an important need.
UPDATE: There is an error in the article above. Full Text of bills are available on the App. In my review of the app, I did not see the link to the full text. It was off in the lower right corner and escaped my view.
The key is to jump on the same hashtags ISIS is using. The countermessage might be calling them out for brutality and pushing alternative ways to resolve conflict. We can't expect social media to stop ISIS aggression, but we can offer a different vision to move the global audience away from ISIS's vision.
Hashtag journalism can be construed several ways. I think of it in terms of journalists integrating their stories into ongoing social media conversations. When promoting a story, journalist should use hashtags to share it with audiences likely to be interested in it. When deciding what to write, one way to discover stories worth writing is to see what hashtags are trending. When covering an industry, issue or sector, journalists should monitor the hashtags of those communities to what they are talking about and what stories are moving them.
Hashtags are the de facto way to aggregate conversations and fashion groups on Twitter. People were using them BEFORE Twitter made the hyperlinked. In fact Twitter made link linked to search queries because people were using them that way. So I think that as long as people are using Twitter, they will be here to stay... even if Twitter tries to do away with them.
As for hashtag advocacy, advocacy efforts, whether organized or spontaneous grassroots born, always seek to aggregate voices. Hashtags are a great way to gather many voices into a single choir (albeit with many parallel parts). So hashtag advocacy will continue to be a part of the mix of social advocacy.
Rather than think of this in terms of hashtags, think of it in terms of a community of people coming together around a common message in the hopes of transcending into a movement. That is what hashtag activism is really about. Hashtags are a tool to do that.
People like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, who seek to shepherd public opinion (even bully it) into the direction of their own choosing rally against hashtag advocacy, not because it doesnt work, but because it creates a ground-up counter voice to theirs. Hashtag activism is a threat to fear-mongering radio tlk show hosts.
Christopher, you should notice that at no time did I suggest in my article that the lack of understanding of social media by George Will, or any of the other examples, was because they were republican or white. If anything, it is a generational disconnect. I know, have worked with and promotes many very competent Republican social media strategists.
Even my examples were not all republicans. If you read the post again, the Trent Lott example was a criticism of the mainstream media, which, according to the right, is liberal.
If you saw this article as an indictment of republicans, you are projecting your own anti-partisan bias into a story that had nothing to do with partisanship.