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Hashtag fails to keep Wade Phillips from signing with the Rams: Is hashtag activism worthless?

  • Yes, it's worked before.

    Social media is a dangerously powerful source. Recently, social media protest has even helped to cause the reroute of the Dakota Access Pipeline. But it's all situational. It also depends on how the socialites buy into the information on both ends. If someone believes in something enough to input a media postage, the receiver has to believe it too. Stopping a pipeline in an intent to protect aspects of a culture and a certain group of society is a far cry from fanatics trying to sway a single entertainer into taking a course of action in his personal life and career for the sake of their own enjoyment.

  • #Visibility Still Counts

    While hashtag activism may seem like a lazy method of showing support and solidarity with a cause to the boomer generation, it reaches a wide swath of millennials, not to mention people who spend their days on social media. The #ice bucket challenge for ALS is a great example of how using hastags to elevate a cause's visibility can make lasting change to real issues, enabling scientists to discover a gene involved in ALS.

  • It's not worthless

    Hashtag activism isn't completely worthless. It doesn't always work the way people want it to, but it certainly allows people's voices to be heard. It's a great way for masses of people to spread their word, to promote an idea, and to get others to see how people really feel about certain things.

  • No, people pay attention to the #hashtag

    I am glad he got picked up. He was probably done with the old team and the Rams are lucky to have him. Hashtag politics has moved to the White House, so probably no one has time to pay attention to the sports gossip and naysayers. I say, good for him.


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