Hashtag Activism

March 22, 2016

Hashtag activism garners attention but is not enough for outcomes.

March 23, 2016
University of Pennsylvania
Harrison Auditorium at the Penn Museum
Entrance of 33rd Street
7:00 p.m. EDT

This event is free and open to the public—get your tickets here.


Zeynep Tufekci



Zellie Imani

Educator and Community Organizer

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?

If you missed it live you can listen to the audio or watch the video here.

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