The Hashtag as a New Genre: #BlackLivesMatter
Deborah Kadiri, Spring 2016
Director: Lucille McCarthy
Committee Member: James Early
The evolution of the civil rights movement into today’s #BlackLivesMatter movement exemplifies the chaos and discomfort associated with the redefinition not only of terms but also of concepts, ideologies, and beliefs regarding race relations. The rise of social media as a primary platform for communication is largely responsible for the rapid growth of the community supporting and propelling #BlackLivesMatter. This study explores the hashtag as a new genre that lies at the heart of this shift from classic to contemporary ideologies and from classic to contemporary methods of communicating.