"A hashtag is the Greek chorus of the Internet. It tells everyone what the theme is, but it doesn’t do it very well. It’s the laugh-track-gone-concerned on an ‘80s sitcom’s Very Special Episode—that hushed 'ooh'when something bad (yet solvable!) is about to happen. It’s what you mutter to someone in line next to you—who’s not listening. It’s lazy writing. It’s tell, don’t show. It’s a group of backup singers, lip-syncing."
#WhiteBoyWednesday—a thing that happens on Twitter!—brings many questions. How can you best enjoy white boys on Wednesday? We investigated.Can you pander and post selfies?
— Richie The C. (@JukeNuke_em) October 23, 2013
No.Actually… probably yes.
— LEGNA (@teamANGEL_) October 23, 2013Should you troll black men on #WhiteBoyWednesday?
— Swirl Love (@SwirLove) October 23, 2013
"Hashtags, as we’ve come to know them, will linger for some time. Twitter still sells them to advertisers, and there are multiple reports that Facebook is planning to bring them onto its social network in the coming months. And yet it’s becoming easier by the day to imagine a world without the octothorp. Some hashtag Twitter searches — see below — now turn up not just matching tags but untagged keywords, suggesting that even Twitter’s uses for the hashtag are decreasing." —R.I.P, hashtag. You were too beautiful for this world.