Hashtag activism is the new version of making video’s of yourself masturbating. It doesn’t actually accomplish anything, and you’re the only one who feels good about it. Tragically we now live in a world dominated by narcissism and documented by the “Selfie”. Where self promotion and profit count for more than actually doing something. This disturbing aspect of human nature has pretty much always been with us. It is the degree to which in not only has become accepted, but so openly practiced that makes it tragic.
A decade ago, Paris Hilton managed to become one of the most famous people on the face of the earth, not by doing anything of significant consequence, but rather by leaking a video of herself having sex with her boyfriend. Kim Kardashian is world famous, for exactly no other reason or skill, than that of… Being famous. Once upon a time, to attain the fame and wealth that individuals like Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian have amassed, one actually had to have some genuine honest real world skill or talent.
Now apparently all you need, are a twitter account, a camera phone, a piece of paper and a Sharpie…
On Fox News Sunday this morning, Fox News contributors George Will and Brit Hume mocked the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, a piece of Twitter activism intended to increase pressure on the Nigerian government and international community to more actively seek the return of over 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, arguing the campaign was intended solely to soothe the consciouses of those tweeting.
“I was not that familiar with this phenomenon,” host Chris Wallace said. “It’s even got a name: hash tag activism. Do you think that this is significant and helpful and can make progress, or do you think it’s really about helping the people who tweet the hash tag feel better about themselves?”
“It’s an exercise in self esteem,” Will said. “I do not know how adults stand there, facing a camera, and say ‘Bring back our girls.’ Are these barbarians in the wilds of Nigeria supposed to check their Twitter accounts and say, ‘Uh-oh, Michelle Obama is very cross with us, we better change our behavior?’”
“It’s trending!” Hume yukked. “It’s trending on Twitter!”
“Power is the ability to achieve intended effects,” Will said. “This is not intended to have any effect on the real world.”
As I said before, these hashtag warriors, are in truth doing absolutely nothing more than masturbating in public in the hopes that they will be the next Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian, catapulted to fame and fortune, stroking their own ego’s telling themselves what wonderful caring human beings they are while exploiting whatever horrific crisis comes along.