Skip to comments.SHAPIRO: How the West Won The Great Hashtag War of 2014
Posted on 05/14/2014 9:24:09 AM PDT by mojito
This week, a picture emerged of Islamist terror group Boko Haram's leader Abubakar Shekau holding a machine gun in one hand and a piece of paper in the other. On that paper was scrawled: "#WeSurrender."
Thus came to an end the Great Hashtag War of 2014.
Led by the bravery of First Lady Michelle Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Democratic women of the United States Senate, the West tweeted Boko Haram into submission. When Obama released the H-bomb of twitter a sad duck-faced picture of herself in an empty room holding a sign reading #BringBackOurGirls total victory was achieved: 276 Nigerian girls who had been kidnapped and converted to Islam avoided sale into sex slavery, and the 150 Nigerians murdered by Boko Haram just last week suddenly sprang back to life.
No wonder the Obama State Department has saluted the Power of Hashtag....
Now, there were those who argued that hashtagging by world leaders was not merely useless but counterproductive. They argued that hashtag foreign policy projected a sense of Western impotence combined with an overweening sense of unearned moral superiority that comes from sounding off in public. They said that when a former secretary of state neglected to label Boko Haram a terrorist group during her tenure, but tweeted out #BringBackOurGirls, that demonstrated the pathetic weakness of the Obama administration....
But that missed the point: Awareness was raised. People in authority demonstrated their outrage at kidnapping and sex slavery. Not enough to actually do anything useful, of course, but enough to publicly express that outrage. And now that we all know their feelings on the subject, we can go home happy.
(Excerpt) Read more at truthrevolt.org ...
Well played. He at least has a sense of humor.
sigh.. if only FDR had had twitter in the 1930s . . . .
She has that liberal look down cold.
It was a “#brilliantcampaign”. And don’t you forget it!
I thought it was a pound sign. Or am I being weight racist?
More like #brilliantcampaignandYourCandidatesCannotWin. Referring to the Republican candidates.
#something = hashtag.
@something = Twitter address.
Hitler and Hiohito would have been terrified into peace.