Friday, September 27, 2013

More on #hashtags

 Wow, when I brought up the topic of hashtags (the symbol formerly known as the "number sign") earlier in the semester, I didn't know it was trending!

Apparently, while they're incredibly useful in some contexts, and are therefore here to stay as a means of aggregating electronic data (i.e., as metadata), they've already flamed out in certain circles.

Here's a scathing look at the phenomenon, complete with quotes from eminent linguists, such as Geoffrey Nunberg (admittedly a hero of mine) and Noam Chomsky.

This, of course, has generated responses in the hashtag's defense... because #YOLO

Happy weekend!

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