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09/19/2014 01:45 pm ET Updated Nov 19, 2014

#GenerationHashtag

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#Hashtags are a simple programming language that the Internet and the human brain both can use.
#HashtagsWork because they are simple and intuitive.
#HashtagsBreakDownCommunication
#ToTheLowestCommonDenominator.

#YouHaveATweet
#ThatIs140Characters
#But140CharactersIsNoLongerSimpleEnough
#SoWeAddaBunchofHashtags to the ends of our Tweets
#SoOurFollowersDon'tEvenHaveToRead our sentence to interact
#TheyCanJustReadOurHashtags

#ReleasingUs from the daunting task of having to use an entire 140 characters #ToExpressWhatWeAreTryingToSay
#ThusFreeingUs from having to effectively write a coherent thought #NowWeCanJustPutTheGistAtTheEnd
#InAsManyDifferentForms as we can think of

#ThisBecomesDehumanizing

#WhenYouScrollThroughAPageOfTweets
#AndYourEyes
#AreJustDrawn
#ToTheHashtags

#YouCanProcessSoMuchMoreInformationThisWay
#BecauseYouCanIngestThousandsOfThoughts
#WithoutEverReadingACompleteSentence
#TheWayComputersIngestInformation
#ByBreakingDownInformation
#To Its Lowest Common Denominator

#ByLookingAtThese #HundredsOfHashtagsAtOnce
#YouAreActuallyBeingProgrammed
#ByYourSocialMediaFeed

With Instagram, instead of letting the
#ImagesYouPostBeAStatementOnTheirOwn
(which has become too #nuanced for the #people who are #observing hundreds of #images each and every #day),
#WeMustUseHashtags so we don't even have to think about what we are #seeing.

If #SalvadorDaliWasOfThis #SocialMediaGenerationAndUsedInstagram #WhatHashtagsWouldHeUse?

It wouldn't be #TheSubconsciousLivesOutsideTime
#No. No one would #StopToReadThatHashtag or
#UseThatHashtagInTheirOwnPosts
Because it is too #nuanced.

Instead, Dali would use #TrippingBalls! Because that would get #people's
#attention. That would be
#SomethingTheyCouldUnderstandByLookingAtForNoMoreThanA #microsecond.

And so, we are left with the uneasy probability that Hashtag culture
is in #danger of
#TrainingUsNotToUnderstandAnything unless it is
#BrokenDownIntoThisMinimalWay of
#Communicating Like The
#GruntsOfAnApe