Sarah Illingworth: We the media (hashtags & Jay-Z)

Sorry if this reads like a bit of a media studies nerd essay, but this week I’ve been thinking about hashtagging and Jay-Z. I was finding the #BringBackOurGirls stuff kind of creepy and unsettling – not because I don’t think it’s really important attention was (and is) drawn to the kidnapping of the girls who were taken by Boko Haram, and their recovery – but because of the way we’re so quick to rearrange a horrific event like this as a tidy campaign. Then I saw this image, and my brain exploded a little bit. Continue →