Hashtag activism garners attention but is not enough for outcomes.
All it takes is a catchy tweet to launch an activism campaign and everyone from politicians to grassroots advocates are engaging in “hashtag activism” to spread their message online. But is social media activism really effective in the long run? While well-known campaigns like #BlackLivesMatter appear to have lasting influence, a debate continues over the effectiveness of others. Is hashtag activism a meaningful vehicle for advocacy in our 21st-century society, where social media has redefined how we communicate? Or does it only garner the public’s attention momentarily, without creating lasting change?
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