In Defense Of Hashtag Activism By Danah Boyd: Article Analysis

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Self-Segregation: How a Personalized World is Dividing Americans by: Danah Boyd
What, in your own words, is Boyd's project? What is being argued?
Danah is investigating ‘self-segregation’ of people using social media, how people are polarizing into groups based what they want, interacting less with people of different views, thus making them less diversified.
How does Boyd establish ethos (credibility)?
She used three popular examples to illustrate her point: the military and its struggle against desegregation, how it lost, to be slowly segregated again; Facebook which is made to connect people across distances but has become a way to gravitate towards groups with the same views; and lastly,
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her stance on the issue)?
Jenn is defending twitter as an active online vehicle for minority groups to be heard by the public, justifying its importance in influencing offline actions of people, and in inspiring change.
How does she establish her ethos (credibility)? What could her argument be countered with and how/ where does she address it?
She used the hashtags ‘#Concernedstudent1950’ and ‘#BlackLivesMatter’ as examples, both for the black minority facing discrimination needing a voice to call attention to what was happening. These hashtags’ causes became widely debated throughout the country, proving how effectively it had influenced people. She argues that the underrepresented minority is given an online voice via Twitter, which translates into action that affects people. However, unless it becomes ‘trending’, the argument loses effectivity and gets lost in the sea of other ‘voices’.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with her position on the issue? Can you think of a more recent example of social media activism resulting in activism in

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