You know you're over forty when the word "hashtag" brings you out in hives.
But I've tried. I've really tried to join the #hashtag culture. I've #hashtagged with the best of 'em until I had an epiphany.
What if each new, hot hashtag is a subterfuge? A small shiny object spinning to distract us from important news stories they'd rather we forgot so they can sweep them under the rug.
Just ask yourself, "When was the last time I saw #EpsteinDidntKillHimself on a Tweet?".
Here are some important hashtags/news stories from 2019-2020 I forgot after other hashtags conveniently pushed them off the headlines. I'm sure I've missed a lot. How many do you remember?
January 2019: #JussieSmolletLied
April 11, 2019: #FreeJulianAssangeNow
April 15, 2019: #NotreDameBurns
June 30, 2019: #TrumpCrossesDMZ
Summer-Autumn 2019: #freehongkong #HKIndependence #StandWithHongKong
August 4, 2019: #ElPasoShooting and #DaytonShooting
August 10, 2019: #EpsteinDidntKillHimself
August 12ish, 2019:#mileycyrussplit
December 2019: #vapingkills
So how many did you remember from 2019?
Me!? Not many and I've missed so many more important ones!
There's a sense of unfinished business. What ever became of these stories? Or was Justice brushed under the rug because we as a society simply forgot?
Of course in 2020, the coronavirus overshadowed every other hashtag. I fell for it myself! I reckon the whole 1984 crowd were pretty pleased they could get nice, normal people to argue vehemently about a strip of fabric worn over the face.0
It also changed our work, our lifestyles, our normal, our language and unleashed a whole host of new annoying hashtags:
The list goes on and on which is a pity because some other pretty important things happened in 2020. Please tell me they haven't all been forgotten!
January 2020: #australianbushfires
January 31, 2020: #brexit
February 4, 2020: #iowacaucusfiasco
February 24, 2020: #harveyweinsteinconvicted
July 2, 2020: #ghislanemaxwellarrested
Enough hashtags already. What ever happened to simple, elegant prose?
I'm getting too old for this #hashtag crud.
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